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Andrew B. Isenberg, one of Erie County government's top lawyers, has been selected to become the ranking nonjudicial officer supervising the state's Buffalo-based Eighth Judicial District, court officials announced.

Isenberg, first assistant county attorney and part of county government's legal department for nearly five years, is slated to assume his new role next month. He will oversee the fiscal, operational and human resources activities of the $75 million operation, dealing with the district's 90 judges and 700 staff members.

State Supreme Court Justice Sharon S. Townsend, administrative judge of the district, lauded the 37-year-old Williamsville resident for his "extensive experience as an attorney inside and outside the court system, both in the public and private sectors."

Isenberg succeeds attorney Harold Brand, 65, who held the court post for 34 years until his retirement last spring. Townsend said Isenberg was selected by a panel of judges and court administrators after "a rigorous interviewing process during which 65 candidates were considered."

Isenberg, a graduate of Northwestern University and the University at Buffalo School of Law, was a court attorney for the Rochester-based Fourth Department Appellate Division from August 1992 to July 1994. After that, he was an attorney in two large Buffalo law firms until joining the county Law Department in 1999. Isenberg, currently chief attorney for the Erie County Board of Elections, was on vacation and unavailable to comment.

Erie County Attorney Frederick A. Wolf said he expects his aide to remain in the Law Department until Dec. 17 and begin his new court job late in December.

Wolf said he will probably leave the appointment of Isenberg's successor in the Law Department until the beginning of the new year, with several of his other veteran attorneys "functioning in an ad hoc capacity" as the number two lawyer in the office.


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