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New Erie County commissioner appointed

Thomas R. Hersey Jr. has been named Erie County’s new Commissioner of Environment and Planning by County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He started in his new position on May 2 and replaces former Commissioner Thomas Dearing, who has retired.

Hersey previously served as deputy commissioner for environmental compliance. Prior to being named deputy commissioner in 2012, he worked as coordinator of the county’s Pollution Prevention Program. Hersey coordinated the creation of the Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance, a three-county watershed protection effort, according to a news release. He also secured more than $2 million in federal and state grants for the county.

As commissioner, Hersey will earn an annual salary of $147,649.

“I look forward to working with Tom to build an Erie County that is more sustainable and that protects and enhances our natural resources,” Poloncarz said.