With a dose of fanfare and praise, Glens Falls lawyer Martin Auffredou was officially chosen Friday Aug. 19 as the new Warren County Attorney.
Auffredou was appointed to the post in a vote by the county Board of Supervisors. On Sept. 26, he steps into the position held for two decades by County Administrator Paul Dusek, who retained the position of county Attorney while undertaking the additional role of administrator in March 2010. The dual workloads had meant long work weeks for Dusek, who sought to save the county the $100,000 or so salary accompanying the post.
Dusek said that Auffredou was selected from four candidates who were interviewed a month ago for the post by Dusek, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec and several other county supervisors.
“Martin has a great reputation in the community, and he’s a very competent attorney,” Dusek said. “He will serve the county well.”
After the appointment, Auffredou said he was looking forward to the work accompanying the position.
“This is a great privilege and honor for me,” he said. “I’m very pleased the supervisors think highly enough of me to select me.”
“I’ve got a lot of work ahead,” he added.
Both the county Personnel Committee and the full board endorsed hiring Auffredou at a salary of $110,000. That sum prompted Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover, Glens Falls Ward 1 Supervisor Dan Girard, and Queensbury at-large Supervisor David Strainer all to cast “No” votes for the appointment — on the basis that the salary should be lower for starting pay.
Auffredou has decades of experience in practicing municipal law, as well as the specialties of education, environmental and labor law, as well as zoning and land-use matters. He is a principal attorney with the law firm Bartlett, Stewart, Pontiff and Rhodes. Auffredou now serves as attorney for a number of towns, villages and school districts in the region. Also, Auffredou has served as counsel for the Lake George Park Commission for about 18 years.
Dusek’s service to Warren County as County Attorney — particularly in the past year in dual roles — prompted robust applause from the supervisors at the Aug. 19 meeting.