A part-time Ogdensburg City Court judge has been appointed by Mayor William D. Nelson to replace A. Michael Gebo, who served since 2011.
Gary R. Alford, who has operated a private law practice in the city since 2000, will take over as Mr. Gebo starts a new job as assistant district attorney under District Attorney Mary E. Rain on Feb. 3.
I think Judge Gebo did a very good job, Mr. Nelson said. I think hell do a very good job as an assistant district attorney.
Mr. Alford graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1973 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Buffalo School of Law in 1998.
Mr. Nelson said Mr. Alford was a standout candidate for the position due to his willingness to serve, his credentials and his community spirit.
I had some people who were interested, Mr. Nelson said. Mr. Alford was the first person to contact me.
Mr. Alford has served in a number of positions over the years in local organizations including as the president of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, an Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority board member and a trustee and chairman of the Morristown Gateway Museum.
Mr. Nelson said he believes Mr. Alford will be responsive to the citys needs, including to the Ogdensburg Police Department, which often requires judges head to court at night and early in the morning for arraignments.
Thats extremely important, Mr. Nelson said. They need to have a judge available.
Originally from Morristown, Mr. Alford has lived in Ogdensburg for the past 22 years. He is married to the former Sharon Lightfoot and has two children, Jonathan and Nathaniel.
According to the state Office of Court Administration, Mr. Alford will make $34,700 a year as part-time city judge. Judicial appointments are for six years.