Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts,, the chairman of the county’s Public Safety Committee, said county government could do a better job managing the expense or providing legal representation to poor people if the lawyers participating in the program sent in their paperwork when assignments are completed.
“They need to be more timely in their billing,” he said.
The spending request was tucked in a list of proposed budget transfers that is expected to be acted on by the Board of Representatives on Wednesday at its monthly meeting in Cooperstown.
County Public Defender Richard “Otto” Rothermel was said to be out of the office Monday and could not be contacted.
Crowell said the county has received grant funding for a “conflict defender’s” program that is expected to reduce reliance on assigned counsel.