George E. Mead III has resigned as an attorney for Watertown law firm Schwerzmann & Wise, where he served for 12 years, to accept a legal counsel position for the Madison-Oneida Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Rome.
He will move to Rome, his native area, with his family.
Mr. Mead also will resign as a LeRay town justice and stop providing counsel for the Development Authority of the North Country.
During his career, Mr. Mead served as Region 6 attorney for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, assistant state attorney general in Watertown and Jefferson County attorney. He graduated from New York Law School in 1980, providing corporation counsel for the city of Rome until he was hired by Jefferson County as an attorney in 1986. In November 1995, Mr. Mead was appointed assistant state attorney general in the Watertown office, which serves Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. He lost the position in January 1999 when Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer, a Democrat, took office and formed a new administration. He became a DEC regional attorney in March 1999, and was hired by Schwerzmann & Wise, 137 Main Ave., in February 2001.