James Cloonan has been confirmed as the next Oswego County commissioner of jurors by the Fifth Judicial Court Administration.
Cloonan will begin his new position May 24, just four days after his 51st birthday.
“All the paperwork has been done and I’m waiting for my security card,” he said Wednesday. “I’m anxious to get back into public service.”
Cloonan replaces Francis Wallace, who retired earlier this year. For that reason, Cloonan said he will be trained by the office of court administration.
The new job responsibility includes the coordination of jurors throughout the county and making sure the process is done fairly and within the boundaries of the rules and procedures of the state court.
Cloonan will supervise an office of two employees.
For the one-time county Republican chairman, the new position prohibits any political activity. While he can be registered to vote in a political party, Cloonan can no longer participate in political activity.
It’s something he said isn’t such a bad thing. “I will be paying strict attention to serving the public in absence of politics,” he said.
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