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Supervisors take early steps to approve ‘out-of-county’ prosecutor in Wayne County

The Wayne County Board of Supervisors took another step toward waiving the residency requirement for a position in the District Attorney’s office.

It’s a rule that makes hiring a challenge for many rural municipalities.

District Attorney Mike Calarco made a request to the supervisors at a meeting this week to waive the residency requirement. He’s advocated along the process that hiring from within Wayne County has been a challenge.


The supervisors passed a resolution that would allow the DA’s office to recruit candidates for contiguous counties of Ontario, Seneca, Monroe and Cayuga.

The local law will need to go through two more votes, one of which will establish a public hearing.

The supervisors rejected filling the position with a person who does not live in Wayne County earlier this year.

Calarco has argued that there are not enough qualified candidates in the county to serve in the office.

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