Rome resident Gregory J. Amoroso has been selected as Oneida County’s new top attorney, a position that is currently the highest paid in county government.
Amoroso, a partner in the Saunders Kahler law firm in Utica, will replace Linda M.H. Dillon, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Amoroso was Rome corporation counsel from 1996 to 2002.
"I am looking forward to the opportunity to working in government again and serving the taxpayers," said Amoroso.
Like Dillon, Amoroso will be full time. The job now pays $123,900. He has been the county’s outside labor lawyer since 2004. He was approached about the opening by the county executive.
"Greg Amoroso has significant experience working with government and a reputation for integrity and professionalism in the legal community," said County Executive Anthony J. Picente in his announcement. "He is highly qualified to provide the type of leadership that is necessary in the office of the county attorney."
His appointment requires confirmation from the Board of Legislators, an action that will likely occur at the first regular board meeting in January. The salary has not been set yet, according to Picente’s office.
Dillon’s salary was $123,900 this year. She had worked for the county since 1989.
"Linda Dillon has provided great service to the County of Oneida during her tenure as county attorney and in her many years of valuable service as special assistant county attorney prior to assuming leadership of the department in 2006," said Picente. "The Office of the County Attorney is one that is vital to the functioning of county government through the advice and counsel provided to all county offices. I know that Greg will continue the high standards set by Linda and her predecessors."
Amoroso will leave Saunders Kahler, which he joined in 2002. He was a counsel for state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome, from 2007 to 2008, focusing on elections law.
He received his law degree from Syracuse University in 2003 and graduated from Utica College in 1989.
He lives at 7992 Cedarwood Drive with his wife and two children.
County attorney is the highest paid post for employees whose salaries are set by the county. The second-highest salary this year is $121,494, which is the amount paid to Public Defender Frank Nebush and Finance Commissioner Anthony R. Carvelli.
Nine people work in the Law Department, including four assistant county attorneys. The 2012 county budget funds a total of 1,487 positions.