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Good Morning, Buffalo: New Erie County sheriff keeps former Sheriff Timothy Howard on as clerk

Good Morning, Buffalo: New Erie County sheriff keeps former Sheriff Timothy Howard on as clerk

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Jan. 15, 2022

GOP sheriff candidate John Garcia addresses his supporters

GOP sheriff candidate John Garcia shakes hands with outgoing Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard while addressing his supporters at a rally at Sandy Beach Boat Club on Grand Island on election night in November 2021. Garcia has kept Howard in the department in a post he says will end after six months.

New Erie County sheriff keeps former Sheriff Timothy Howard on as clerk

During his campaign, John C. Garcia promised a new approach to make the Erie County Sheriff's Office a modern law enforcement agency. But as sheriff, Garcia has given a job to the controversial former sheriff who endorsed his candidacy, Timothy B. Howard.

Howard says he's a clerk who helps conduct background checks on pistol-permit applicants, a $46,000-a-year post. But Garcia explains he really needs Howard's knowledge about ongoing pacts with state and federal agencies so Garcia can complete his top-to-bottom review of the operation. Garcia expects Howard to leave the payroll in three to six months.

– Matthew Spina



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