COOPERSTOWN – Almost 30 years of legal practice in Otsego County culminated this afternoon for Michael F. Getman, 62, who was chosen on the third ballot to succeed fellow Oneontan Brian D. Burns as Otsego county judge.
The son of a city judge, Getman, who has served as chief assistant district attorney and city prosecutor, will now appear unopposed on the Republican line for county judge in the Nov. 3 election, and is due to be sworn for a 10-year term on Jan. 1.
Today’s selection was made by the Republican County Committee meeting in The Otesaga’s ballroom.
The six candidates for Otsego county judge gathered a few minutes ago in The Otesaga Ballroom in Cooperstown, where deliberations are underway at this hour on who will succeed Brian D. Burns of Oneonta on the county bench. All attorneys, the candidates, from left, are Rich Brown, Mike Getman, Susan Lettis, Jill Ghaleb, Mike Trosset and Will Green. Inset right, County Republican Chairman Vince Casale calls the meeting of the county committee to order; in the foreground are county board Chairman Dave Bliss and Jan Bartow, Middlefield committeeman. A Sixth District judicial convention Tuesday selected Judge Burns to succeeded Michael V. Coccomo as state Supreme Court judge, creating the county court vacancy. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)