MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone will continue his role for at least another two-year term.
Barone, who became the County’s top defense attorney in 2012, was approved for the term by the County Legislature during its yearly organizational meeting last week. Barone spoke with WNY News Now prior to the vote.
The Jamestown native explains that his tenure as Public Defender continues to be a unique part of his life.
“It’s a humbling experience. Each time that it (an appointment) happens, I don’t take it for granted,” Barone said. “I have always looked to improve on what I’ve provided in my position the last couple of years, and what I can do better, what I can change. It’s an ongoing process.”
“Personally, for me, I’m honored by the fact the County Legislature would have that faith in me to continue to supervise the Public Defender’s Office.”
The resolution says that Barone would receive an annual base salary of $86,126.54 for 100% time in 2022, with an additional salary supplement of $62,625.25 to the extent of available grant funds received from the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services (OILS)
In 2023, Barone would make an annual base salary of $88,710.34 for 100% time, with an additional salary supplement subject to confirmation by the County Legislature to the extent of available grant funds received from OILS or another source.