County officials consider full-time public defender

NORWICH – A proposition to make Chenango County Public Defender John Cameron a full-time employee of the county has been handed down to the county’s Personnel Committee after members of the Safety and Rules Committee heard the proposal at a meeting held last week.

Cameron met with the committee last week with a request that he be made a full-time employee, citing increased court activity in recent years and reoccurring conflictions in his obligations to county court and city and town courts. Cameron told the committee that – although the Public Defender’s Office is doing an “adequate job” – scheduling conflicts sometimes keep clients from getting the attention owed them.

“Throughout the week, there are very important matters that arise and the courts are getting busier and busier,” Cameron said, pointing particularly to a growing number of cases in the Town of Norwich court. “In my view, what we are able to do isn’t sufficient.”

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