Chemung Legislature’s Attorney fired, special meeting called

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UPDATE: Chemung County Executive Chris Moss has released a statement on the firing of Bryan Maggs, Assistant County Attorney to the Legislature and Special Districts. 

Moss affirms his authority to “supervise and direct the internal organization and reorganization of each department or administrative unit.” 

He also cites “conflicts of interest and ethical issues” in Magg’s conduct and decision making as causes for concern, specifically how county taxpayers have paid for legal work conducted by a firm of which Maggs is a partner.

“I have a duty and obligation as County Executive to ensure that we are providing the most cost effective quality services to the taxpayers of Chemung County as well as supporting the title and purpose of the established Chemung County Charter,” Moss said in the statement.

This firing comes over two months after Moss fired five county employees ahead of his official swearing-in as County Executive in January.

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Chemung County Legislative Chairperson David Manchester has called for a Special Meeting after Chemung County Executive Chris Moss terminated the County Legislature’s Attorney, Bryan Maggs, as of March 1.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 pm.

“There is no question the Legislature has the power to appoint its own attorney based on Chemung County’s Charter and 35 years of past practice,” said Manchester. “The Legislature is an independent branch of government from the Executive’s Office. As such, it is critical for us to select our own attorney who is equally independent.”

Maggs was appointed by Manchester on Jan. 1, 2019, and unanimously approved by the Legislature to serve a four-year term. Maggs has served as the Chemung County Attorney for the past eleven years.

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