Wednesday, October 27, 2010 – 10:25 a.m.

The union representing San Bernardino County’s public defenders and prosecutors has apparently chosen a new president.

By a three-vote margin the San Bernardino County Public Attorney Association has elected attorney John Thomas to become its new president.

Thomas replaces Grover Merritt, who was seeking reelection to a third term.

The union is a major donor to board of supervisors candidate Janice Rutherford.