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Approval has been given by the Cattaraugus County Legislature for a full-time assistant district attorney to handle an increased workload in the office of District Attorney Michael P. Nevins.

Olean attorney Leo Murphy, who is now an assistant district attorney, will be upgraded to full-time. His salary was set at grade 37, which is about $43,000, Nevins said.

The post is retroactive to Jan. 1 and will be 100 percent reimbursable by the state through a Probation Department program that is designed to keep people on probation and out of jail.

Nevins noted four homicide cases, an increase in felony hearings and grand jury cases as reasons for needing a full-time assistant.

Lawmakers also voted 13-4 to hire a deputy sheriff under the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services program. The deputy will be assigned to the Yorkshire area. County cost will be $4,226 for the first of three years, with the balance of his salary and other expenses paid by the grant.

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