Rick Brand Portrait of Newsday reporter Rick Brand taken on

Rick Brand is a longtime Newsday reporter who writes about politics and government on Long Island.

Suffolk County Community College has filled a newly created deputy counsel job, according to a college spokesman.

Ashley Pope, who works at Guercio & Guercio law firm in Farmingdale, will begin her new $131,191-a-year job on March 13. She is a graduate of Barnard College and Fordham Law School.

Pope was chosen over Elaine Barraga, bureau chief of the county attorney’s general litigation bureau, who was among the finalists.

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The county legislature’s Ways and Means Committee will vote Wednesday on a nepotism resolution for Barraga, who is the daughter of county Legis. Thomas Barraga (R-West Islip), to retroactively approve her promotions in the county attorney’s office as a principal assistant county attorney, a deputy bureau chief and bureau chief.

If approved in committee, the county legislature is expected to vote on the resolution on March 7.