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Brown team scrutinizes applicants for city jobs Resumes continue to flow in past deadline

Mayor-elect Byron W. Brown, who is expected to make his first Cabinet appointment later this week, continues to receive resumes from people who want to work in his administration.

The transition team that is helping Brown to narrow the field of candidates interviewed more applicants over the weekend. One screening panel has made recommendations, but officials won't divulge names or even discuss which positions. Brown spokesman Steven M. Casey said the mayor-elect has yet to make any hiring decisions.

Despite an original Dec. 2 deadline for submitting resumes, the new administration continues to accept applications.

"We had a late surge of resumes, and we made a decision to keep the process open," Casey said.

Brown's transition office had received about 700 applications as of Sunday, up from 650 a week earlier. Brown will make 16 appointments to his Cabinet and 40 appointments to other noncivil service jobs that range from budget director and labor relations chief to several clerical positions.

Each of the transition team's four panels has focused on specific Cabinet-level jobs. A subcommittee, for example, is screening candidates for police and fire commissioners, two of the most high-profile appointments.

Members of the subcommittees spent several hours Saturday and Sunday meeting with candidates. To date, about 50 people have been called in for interviews.

"We've decided to give a lot more people interviews than we thought we were going to," said Casey, adding that more interviews are scheduled this week.

A couple of job applicants from out of town are expected to visit Buffalo in the coming days.

Brown, who will be inaugurated Dec. 31 at ceremonies in the Buffalo Convention Center, said earlier this month he does not think every Cabinet position will be filled when he officially takes office Jan. 1.

e-mail: bmeyer@buffnews.com

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