by Carol Thompson
The announcement of the retirement of Oswego County Commissioner of Jurors Francis Wallace has left the New York State Fifth Judicial District to select his replacement.
Former Oswego Republican Chairman and Port of Oswego Authority employee James Cloonan is in the running for the position. Sources said Legislator Kevin Gardner is also seeking the job.
No one can speak on the record because official notification has not been made, but those close to the issue said Cloonan is the front runner.
Cloonan acknowledged Thursday that he did apply for the position but has not been notified of the status of his application.
Cloonan worked for the Port of Oswego Authority from 1996 until he left to take a management job at Hamilton Homes in 2002. He left that position in August of 2005 to return to the Port of Oswego Authority where he remained until Sept. 2010. He has worked in the private sector since that time.
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