Charles E. Aughtry of Buffalo, who directed Erie County's Equal Employment Opportunity office, died Saturday in the care of Hospice Buffalo. He was 55.
Born in Whitmayer, S.C., Mr. Aughtry graduated from Lafayette High School and was an honors graduate in African-American studies at the University at Buffalo.
Mr. Aughtry brought more than 27 years of experience in business development, finance management and technical assistance to small and minority firms when he came to the county in 1999.
He was the former manager of debt recovery for the Buffalo City Division of Water and was director for the city's Buffalo Alliance. He directed the city's entrepreneurial assistance program for three years and directed the Towne Garden incubator program for new business development.
Mr. Aughtry was the former executive director of the Virgin Islands Minority Business Development Center and previously worked in minority business programs in Connecticut, Virginia, Atlanta and California.
In 1999, he was appointed director of equal employment opportunity for the county, heading the department that ensures those who do business with the county follow all equal employment laws. It audits county contracts to see that they follow the county's affirmative action plan, and it investigates harassment complaints.
Mr. Aughtry was treasurer of the Buffalo City Republicans of Color and was a grant writer.
He is survived by a daughter, Amber, and a son, Charles II.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of Erie County Medical Center