County Board Committee Issues
Report On Devlin Father, Son
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – A committee of the Otsego County Board of Representatives today recommended that the district attorney appoint a “special prosecutor” to investigate county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr., and his son Ros, suspended from his prison-guard job since January.
“An objective prosecutor is needed to properly evaluate whether criminal charges are warranted,” the Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee recommended in a report released this morning.
Asked a few minutes ago if he intended to recuse himself, Devlin replied, “absolutely not … I’ve had no contact with the leadership of this board and I have no trust in the leadership of this board.”
For his part, District Attorney John Muehl said a few minutes ago he’s seen the report. He declined to comment on it, but said it’s his decision whether to appoint a special prosecutor or not.
The committee chair, county Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, would only say the investigation is “still pending,” and to email him any further questions. With the county board reorganizing at its annual meeting next Wednesday, this may be Frazier’s final act in the 11-month inquiry,
The report also asked:
- That the sheriff remove himself from any further decisions about his son, and to ask the county board or a county board committee to make those decisions for him.
- That the sheriff require “a full medical examination of his son.”
- That “a process” be put in place to improve “coordination and communication” with law enforcement agencies” if similar situations emerge.
The 17-page report alleges the younger “Devlin threatened to bring a duffle bag of guns to work to shoot employees at the jail…threatened to commit suicide in front of his superior’s desk…and threatened to shoot up an elementary school to create a distraction allowing for another person to carry out an attack on another elementary school.”