New public defender for Clinton County

LOCK HAVEN — Patrick Johnson will be stepping into the Clinton County Public Defender position recently vacanted by Thom Rosamilia.

The Clinton County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Johnson on Thursday night, which will be effective March 12, 2019, at an annual salary of $56,308, which is the established starting salary for the position.

Rosamilia had recently vacanted the position, accepting an assistant district attorney position under Clinton County district attorney David A. Strouse.

Commissioners also approved the transfer of Michelle Sonnie, from administrative payroll assistant to assistant fiscal accountant in the commissioners office, effective March 11, to fill a vacancy and the hiring of Wenda Butler to fill Sonnie’s previous position as administrative payroll assistant, effective March 14.

“This was all initiated by the retirement of Lynn Neff a couple of weeks ago,” said commissioner Robert “Pete” Smeltz.

Sonnie’s annual salary will be $33,201 (Grade D) and county chief clerk Jann Meyers noted that Sonnie will also be trained to become a notary for the county.

“She brings a lot of previous experience to the job,” Meyers said of Sonnie.

Butler’s annual salary will be $28,000 (Grade D).

“We interviewed three people. We looked for experience with the Tyler Tech System, as well as experience in payroll. She is going to be a great asset for us in the commissioner’s office,” Meyers said of Butler.