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Hernando hires two assistant attorneys


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BROOKSVILLE - County Attorney Garth Coller said his office has been struggling with only himself and another lawyer on staff.

For the past year or so, Coller said cases were getting delayed or shunted aside, especially after the previous assistant attorney, Richard Appicello, left for another job.

But Coller said the load should be lifted somewhat thanks to the hire of Randall Griffiths and Joseph DiNovo, two new attorneys that came on board Jan. 6. They join Coller and Deputy County Attorney Jon Jouben.

Griffiths studied law at the Stetson University of Law in St. Petersburg. He was a staff attorney for the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach from 1988-2012. Griffiths will cover a variety of specialties, including real estate contracts, utilities, mosquito control and environmental issues.

DiNovo attended Syracuse University College of Law and ran a private practice in Vero Beach and Columbus, Ohio from 2005 to his most recent hire. DiNovo will be the attorney for the planning and zoning board and cover land use issues.

Both will make $62,500 annually.

Even with the hires of DiNovo and Griffiths, there is a need for one more attorney to get the office back to where it was about five years ago with five attorneys, Coller said.

But for now, Coller is happy with the extra legal minds.

"If we can stop falling behind, I'll consider it a success," he said.

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