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Updegrove: No rush to change Niagara department heads

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Manager Richard E. Updegrove said Monday that there is no deadline to make any changes in department head positions. The County Legislature had Updegrove’s predecessor, Jeffrey M. Glatz, ask nine department heads to reapply for their jobs in February.

“I wasn’t county manager when that happened,” Updegrove said. He said he will consult with the Legislature on the candidates from outside the county government who applied for the positions.

For the time being, Updegrove said, he’s concentrating on finding a new public works commissioner to replace Kevin P. O’Brien, who retired in late March. “Filling that position with a qualified candidate is a top priority,” Updegrove said. Richard W. Eakin, deputy public works commissioner for engineering, has taken over some of O’Brien’s duties, Updegrove said. Eakin was the only official at a sub-department head level who was asked to reapply for his job in February.