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February 14, 2013

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ENJOYS JOB

Collyer says he works closely with law enforcement, and the efforts of those officers have contributed to his success.

“They put in the work that makes my job easy,” he said.

Being good at his job is only part of Collyer’s equation for success.

“It comes really back to how much I enjoy my job. I don’t look forward to Friday; I don’t dread Monday.”

And he enjoys living in the North Country, he said.

MANY SUCCESSFUL CASES

Collyer specializes in narcotics and violent felony cases. 

He has successfully handled all vehicular homicides that have occurred in the county in his time as assistant district attorney in Clinton County, among them Joshua Bombardier, who was convicted after trial on charges relating to the death of Veronica LeClair, her son, Stephen Foster, and her stepson, Travis LeClair; and the case of Aaron Trombley, who accepted a plea agreement the morning of trial on charges relating to the deaths of Altona politicians Robert Wood and Robert Lee and serious injuries to Herbert Therrian.

Collyer assisted Wylie with the successful trial prosecutions of three homicide defendants in 2011: Kathryn Shoemaker, who was convicted of the murder of Ravin Miller; Anthony Pavone, found guilty of the double murder of Patricia Howard and Timothy Carter; and Edward Dashnaw, who killed David and Lorraine Donivan.

Since October 2009, Collyer has prosecuted more than 200 narcotics and marijuana cases in Clinton County Court.

‘EXCELLENT WORK ETHIC’

In the nomination for the award, his office cited his excellent work ethic and superior caseload preparation, saying he has earned the respect of the judiciary, local law enforcement and the Clinton County defense bar.

Collyer grew up in Glens Falls and graduated from Western New England University before earning his law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law.

Before becoming an assistant district attorney in Clinton County in October 2009, he was a prosecutor with the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.

He interned with that office in the summer of 2007.

Reflecting on his short but successful career thus far, Collyer said, “I like coming to work every day and doing this.”

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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