After a tenure spanning six years, Wayne County District Attorney Mike Calarco has announced his plans to retire by the end of the year, marking the end of his second term in office.
Calarco, who turned 70 this July, cited personal reasons and family discussions as key factors in his decision to step down from full-time work, according to the Finger Lakes Times.
Elected in 2017 and reelected in 2021, Calarco has been a prominent figure in the legal community. His career, which began in healthcare, shifted to law after graduating from Syracuse University College of Law in 1988.
Calarco’s tenure in the District Attorney’s office is noted for the successful prosecution of 15 homicide cases, including high-profile cases such as the 2018 double homicide in Sodus.
In a significant move, Calarco has named First Assistant DA Christine Callanan as the acting district attorney. Callahan, recognized for her pivotal role in many homicide prosecutions, is lauded by Calarco for her intelligence and dedication.
While the Governor has the authority to appoint a successor, Calarco expects Callanan to continue in the role. He also expressed his wish to stay involved on a part-time basis to ensure a smooth transition.
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