Longtime public defender retires

Published Apr 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

A longtime county public defender, known for improving office efficiency, has retired.

Frank Furno, who served in the civil office of the Oneida County Public Defender Office, has retired after serving more than 14 years on the job, officials said. Furno was appointed to the position in January 2004.

“It truly has been my pleasure to work with the county administration, the other professional department heads and the dedicated workers throughout County government in my call to serve the indigent in distress in our county family courts,” Furno said in a release.

“I leave my service satisfied and proud of what we have been able to do for our county.”

During his tenure, the civil office saw its processed applications increase from approximately 1,500 per year to more than 3,000 per year. Over the past year, Furno also oversaw the launch of the digitization of applications, case management and recordkeeping, which enabled the civil office to more efficiently and effectively serve the citizens of Oneida County.

“For the past 14 years Frank Furno has served the people
of Oneida County admirably and his good work will long be remembered,” said Oneida
County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.