Paul Jancha Jr., 36, is the new chief public defender in Berrien County. Jancha grew up in the Twin Cities, where his father is still practicing law.

ST. JOSEPH — Paul Jancha Jr. said there was never any doubt in his mind that he would become a criminal defense lawyer.

After years of work in that profession, he has become the chief public defender in the Berrien County Public Defender’s Office. Jancha was to have replaced former chief public defender Christopher Renna, who had taken a similar job in Kalamazoo, on March 20.