Otsego County DA disputes sheriff candidate's claim

The Otsego County District Attorney is rejecting a claim made to NewsChannel 2 by candidate for sheriff Robert Fernandez just days before the general election.

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 5:44 PM

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County District Attorney is rejecting a claim made to NewsChannel 2 by candidate for sheriff Robert Fernandez just days before the general election.

In NewsChannel 2’s story Wednesday previewing the race for Otsego County Sheriff, Fernandez told our reporter on camera that D.A. John Muehl told incumbent Sheriff Richard Devlin that Devlin’s son Ros, who works as a county corrections officer and has been accused of workplace violence, would not face criminal charges if he was fired.

Former trooper Robert Fernandez (left) and Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin (right)

NewsChannel 2 spoke to Muehl Thursday, and he says those conversations never happened. He also says the Ros Devlin investigation took place well before Fernandez announced he was running for sheriff.

“Well first of all I never said anything like that to the sheriff, nor did I ever tell Bob Fernandez that I said anything like that to the sheriff. I take offense because it makes it sound like I was willing to do a favor for the sheriff if he just got rid of his son. So, if you get rid of your son I won’t press charges. That’s not how things work,” said Muehl via phone.

Muehl says there was not enough evidence to bring charges against Ros Devlin. Sheriff Devlin would not comment on the matter Wednesday, saying it is a personnel issue.

We also spoke with Fernandez today. He insists those conversations between Devlin and Muehl, and himself and Muehl, did take place.

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