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Erie County Senior Services commissioner to step down

More leadership changes are coming to Erie County government.

Randall Hoak intends to step down as Senior Services commissioner July 26.

Hoak has served as the commissioner since 2012, and previously served as the department’s supervisor of program development and evaluation. The Department of Senior Services is responsible for providing a variety of services for the aging, including nutrition, housing and transportation programs.

Hoak is leaving to take a new job as the associate state director of community outreach for AARP New York, and said he looks forward to doing more to advance the agenda of an aging population.

“It was a great opportunity for me and my family,” he said, “and gives me the opportunity to participate in regional projects.”

Hoak will continue to live in Hamburg and advocate for the AARP throughout the western half of Upstate New York.

Hoak’s departure leaves a new vacancy for County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz to fill.

Two weeks ago, Poloncarz announced his appointment of Lackawanna Police Chief James L. Michel Jr. as the county’s new commissioner of Central Police Services, pending confirmation by the county Legislature. Michel would take over the post July 18.

Central Police Services runs the county’s enhanced 911 and police radio communications systems, as well as a forensic laboratory, computer systems and law enforcement training programs.

Michel would assume the position left vacant by the retirement of prior Central Police Services Commissioner John Glascott in March.