ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany County officials say former Deputy County Executive Christine Quinn returned to work last week in a new capacity after she was charged in an alleged attempt to obtain prescription drugs.
Officials say she is working at the Chief Information Officer in the Division of Information Services for the County. According to a 2014 budget request, she could receive a salary of $113,000.
NEWS10 ABC was declined interviews with Quinn and Albany County Executive Dan McCoy. However, McCoy's spokesperson provided the requirements and responsibility for Quinn's new position.
Her role is to provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives. According to McCoy's office, Quinn was on personal leave since the arrest and wanted to come back to work, this position was open and her skill set fit.
She pleaded not guilty in September to a felony charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance in Colonie Town Court and was released on her own recognizance on pre-trial probation.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares said the charges stemmed from her alleged abuse of the prescription drug Ritalin. He says the abuse went on for about seven months.
County Legislators say they weren't informed of the move made by McCoy and while he's not required to do that, those County Lawmakers say it was disappointing.
"She seemed like a nice person," said Herbert Reilly from District 33, "She made a mistake. The timing for the appointment probably isn't the best in the world."
Quinn served as Deputy County Executive under Dan McCoy since 2012 with a salary of $106,000, according to officials.
The State Health Department's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement says the arrest was a result of the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP), legislation to directly address the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
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