David Schubel to retire after 27 years as county attorney

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 July 2018 at 2:20 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers: David Schubel of Medina thanks Orleans County legislators for a special recognition award on Wednesday in honor of his 27 years as county attorney.

ALBION – David Schubel was praised on Wednesday for his wisdom and research the past 27 years in helping the county work through numerous contracts, agreements and other issues.

Schubel is retiring as the Orleans County attorney on Aug. 17. He is currently the longest-serving county attorney in the state, said Lynne Johnson, the County Legislature chairwoman.

“He has been a great resource for the legislators,” Johnson said. “He was always there for me.”

Schubel of Medina is turning 70 next month. He will continue working full-time in private practice for Webster, Schubel & Meier in Medina. Schubel also is part owner of the SK Herefords cattle operation in Shelby.

“You’ve earned the respect of your colleagues,” Johnson said. “We all owe you a debt of gratitude.”

He has worked 45 years as a lawyer. He said serving as an municipal attorney was a goal when he was in law school at the University of Buffalo.

The Legislature appointed Kathy Bogan of Medina to succeed Schubel, effective Aug. 20. Her appointment is through until Dec. 31, 2019.

Schubel said the county will need to be “creative” in the future responding to mandates from Albany.

“The county will face a lot of challenges that are up and coming,” he said.

Lynne Johnson, chairwoman of the Orleans County Legislature, said Schubel has provided invaluable insight to county officials.

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