Drug use, crime sanctions request for full-time ADA

CHENANGO COUNTY – A push from the District Attorney's Office to have an additional full-time Assistant DA on staff gained more traction last week after receiving support from the county's committee on finance.

According to the DA's Office, increased drug activity and related crimes across the county warrant a second full-time ADA position to help alleviate a growing workload. The request was initially brought to county heads in the summer of 2013, but was tabled due to uncertainty of the source additional costs in salary and benefits.

Despite the increased burden on taxpayers, District Attorney Joseph McBride made the case Thursday that another full-time position is necessary to keep the department from an overbearing workload.

“Times are changing in Chenango County and unfortunately, we need to make some changes at the DA's level in addition to obvious changes throughout the law enforcement community,” McBride told committee members.

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