Democrat Debra Liegl, a political newbie and former head of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, was a casualty of last fall's rough-and-tumble Erie County Legislature elections -- enough so that our political reporter, Bob McCarthy, used her as an example of how "dirty politics" in Erie County works.
But no need to feel sorry for Liegl. If she was an example of cutthroat politics last fall, she's an example of how political back scratching works now.
After getting defeated for the 8th District seat against Republican Ted Morton 8,192 -6,897, Liegl now has a new job -- with Erie County government. Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz agreed to hire Liegl last month as a senior contract monitor with the Department of Environment and Planning. In that position, she will earn an annual salary of $52,374.
County spokesman Daniel Meyer points out that this is a CSEA union position, not an exempt managerial position. While Poloncarz may have assisted Liegl in getting the county job, Liegl will eventually need to pass a civil service exam in order to keep it.