JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County Assistant Attorney Jason Brott of Mayfield was appointed Thursday by the Board of Supervisors to a two-year term as the new county attorney.
The process that led to his appointment upset Gloversville City Attorney Anthony Casale, who was interested in the position, but not granted an interview.
Brott replaces longtime former Fulton County Attorney Arthur "Skip" Spring of Johnstown, who retired Dec. 31.
The board named Brott at its organizational meeting at the County Office Building. Brott's term will run through Dec. 31, 2015.
He was authorized to appoint an assistant county attorney - a position he held in recent years under Spring. Brott was also authorized to hire secretarial services to assist him at a rate of $12.50 per hour at 24 hours per week.
Casale, who was reappointed to the city attorney position at that city's organizatonal meeting Wednesday at Gloversville City Hall, felt shut out by not being granted an interview for the county attorney position.
"Personally, I'm disappointed," Casale said today. "There was no interview process whatsoever."
He said that "considering the importance of the position," he can't understand why the county conducted an interview process for county historian, but not for county attorney. County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said prior to the meeting there had been discussions for some time about a replacement for Spring.
"The Fulton County Board of Supervisors and the county attorney discussed this almost two years ago and talked about a transition," Stead said.
He said the board's Finance Committee eventually decided to recommend Brott as county attorney to the full board without a public search.
"The committee decided to promote from within," Stead said.
Immediate past board Chairman William Waldron sent a Dec. 23 letter to Casale clarifying the county's decision to recommend Brott. In the letter, Waldron indicated the Finance Committee the past two years observed Brott's work. Waldron said the panel felt Brott has done an "excellent job" representing the county's legal interests.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.