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Cheektowaga appoints new coordinator of employee relations

A former human resources director for Genesee County was appointed Monday to serve in a similar capacity in Cheektowaga.

Karen R. Marchese’s new title will be coordinator of employee relations. Her appointment is effective Aug. 4 and requires that she move to the town within six months.

The job pays $89,385 a year.

“We interviewed at least 14 people for this position,” said Town Supervisor Mary F. Holtz, who noted Marchese’s experience in contract negotiations before introducing her during Monday’s Town Board meeting.

“I look forward to building relationships with all of the employees,” Marchese said.

She retired in early 2013 from the Genesee County job, which she held for about a dozen years. Before that, she held private sector jobs involving human resource management, and executive recruitment and training.

Since leaving Genesee County’s employ last year, she has worked in the Office of Talent Management at Buffalo Public Schools, serving as director of recruitment and employment services.

Marchese succeeds Anthony M. Romano, who held the coordinator’s job for a decade. After retiring in late April, Romano was kept on as a consultant with a per diem of $344.

In other business Monday, the Town Board approved the appointment of three new police officers: Dennis M. Frajdofer Jr. and Eric D. Derby, both of Cheektowaga, and Matthew R. Maggio of Depew. Their appointments are effective July 31 and subject to compliance with residency requirements.

All three officers already have some experience in law enforcement jobs; Frajdofer also is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan.

The town supervisor also announced that Benderson Development Co. is holding an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday about its plans for the vacant Garden Village Plaza on Union Road, which has been a constant source of complaints by residents. The meeting will be held in South Line Fire Department, 1049 French Road.


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