A senior computer programmer in the Erie County government’s Department of Information and Support Services was taken into custody after a traffic stop near the Rath Building on Franklin Street about 11 a.m. Wednesday and was charged with cocaine possession and criminal possession of stolen county government property.
Randy Rettig, an Amherst resident in his mid-50s, was arrested by Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Simon Biegasiewicz for driving under the influence of drugs when stopped near the county office building. After deputies searched his vehicle, Rettig also was charged with petit larceny and various traffic infractions, according to Sheriff Timothy B. Howard.
Investigators said Rettig had been the subject of a months-long investigation for narcotics and theft of government property. He faces criminal proceedings in both Buffalo City Court and Amherst Town Court as a result of his arrest Wednesday, according to Scott Zylka, executive assistant to the sheriff. The nature of the allegedly stolen government property was not disclosed by either the sheriff or Zylka.
When informed of Rettig’s arrest, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz immediately placed him on administrative leave pending the completion of both criminal and government disciplinary investigations.