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News Release    

February 4, 2010      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Well Wishes to Retiring County Attorney

Poughkeepsie…  Tomorrow afternoon, Dutchess County Government will say farewell to County Attorney Ronald Wozniak, who is retiring after 12 years of service with the County.    

“We wish Ron Wozniak the very best as he prepares to enjoy his well-earned retirement,” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “Ron has served a critical role in County Government and he will be greatly missed.”

Ronald Wozniak was appointed County Attorney in 2005 by County Executive Steinhaus.   He originally began his tenure in Dutchess County Government in 1998 as Senior Assistant County Attorney.   As Senior Assistant County Attorney, his primary focus was Family Court proceedings, Juvenile Delinquent (JD) and Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS).  

As County Attorney, Mr. Wozniak serves as the sole legal advisor for the County; prepares all necessary legal papers and instruments pertaining to County Government; prepares memoranda and opinions in regard to local laws, resolutions and legalizing acts; and prosecutes and defend civil matters or proceedings involving the County and its units, including its officers.

“I have been fortunate to work for an outstanding law firm… known as the Dutchess County Attorney’s Office.    My colleagues, and our administrative staff as well, are all smart, hard working and experienced,” said Mr. Wozniak.    “I admire, respect and appreciate the accomplishments we achieved together and I know the County is well served by a first class County Attorney team.”

“I have also been lucky to work with an experienced team of professionals who lead each of the County’s departments,” Mr. Wozniak continued.  “It has been a privilege to work under the leadership of County Executive Steinhaus and I thank him for appointing me as County Attorney and providing the opportunity to work on a daily basis with so many talented people.”

Before joining County Government, Mr. Wozniak was the Mental Health Information Service Officer from 1965 to 1969 at the then Harlem Valley State Hospital.  He then went to work in private practice.  He also represented the Town of the Pawling from 1970 to 1973 and the Town of Dover from 1981 to 1986.     He served for 23 years as Pawling Town Justice.   

Mr. Wozniak has also been an active community volunteer.   As a member of the Jaycees, he was involved in the first free glaucoma clinic in Pawling.   He has also served as Trustee of West Mountain Mission, Past President of the Pawling Free Library, member of the Board of Managers for the Holiday Hills YMCA and many other organizations.

“Ron Wozniak’s broad and diverse experience, particularly his municipal experience, has been critical to his success in the key role as County Attorney,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.


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