After being on three weeks of medical leave, Huron County Assistant Public Defender David Longo is back on the job. He abruptly quit before a mid-November trial, when he was defending a Willard man accused of assaulting a carnival worker June 29.
Public Defender George Ford said Longo’s resignation stemmed from his father’s recent death. He also said it was related to the case of Joshua D. Bartell, 27, but he had no further information, except to say he believed the case was “over.” Bartell is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 23 after pleading guilty to felonious assault and abduction.
Longo returned to work last Wednesday.
“I gave him some time off for a period of time,” Ford said. “He’s doing fine. … He seems fine.”
Ford took over Longo’s case load in his absence.
“I worked pretty hard to have him back,” Ford said. “He’s a very good employee.”
When Longo “resigned” in mid-November, Ford had “taken it under advisement” and hadn’t accepted or rejected it.
Longo earns $38,463 per year from the county position. He was unavailable for comment.