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Fisher hired as legislative assistant Will clerk, assist with contracts

Former Buffalo Common Council Member Charley H. Fisher III has joined the staff of the Erie County Legislature.

Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant, D-Buffalo, said she hired Fisher as a senior legislative assistant to take on a new role to help legislators ensure the county is meeting its own goals for awarding contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses.

Fisher is a former at-large Buffalo Council member who helped found the city's Minority Business Enterprise Committee during his four years in office from November 1999 to December 2003.

He has also previously worked as Erie County's coordinator for its women and minority business enterprises program.

"Mr. Fisher has a wealth of knowledge regarding all of those categories," Grant said. "He has experience going out on work sites, monitoring work sites."

Fisher will be assigned to clerk a new Minority and Women Business Enterprise Committee created by the Legislature last week. Grant will serve as chairwoman of the new committee.

"I see him not only as a legislative assistant, but he will help us ensure that these goals on paper will be met," Grant said.

Grant said Fisher will also serve as the Legislature's liaison to the county's director of equal employment opportunity.

Fisher will earn $42,225 as a legislative aide. He filled a job left vacant after several staffers who had been brought on by former Chairwoman Barbara Miller-Williams were ousted after she left office.

Grant has hired six other new staffers to fill those jobs since the beginning of the year, including Jeremy Zellner, former executive director of the Erie County Democratic Committee. Zellner now serves as the $79,577 chief of staff for the Legislature's Democrats.