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Legislature’s revisions to County Charter limits elected officials eligibility for salary increase, requires job posting for top administrative positions

Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills is pleased to announce that the Legislature approved revisions to the Erie County Charter at the first session of the New Year. The revisions will improve day-to-day operations in the county, among other changes.


“The Erie County Legislature has accepted the Charter Review Commission’s suggested revisions for the County Charter. Among the changes approved is a ban on salary increases for county elected officials during their current term. While any salary increase would need to go through an entirely different process, this specific provision would not allow an approved increase to happen during any official’s current term,” said Chairman Mills. “I believe this, and the many other changes, will improve the Charter and how the county operates going forward. I think we addressed some issues that were long overdue for change.”


The Chairman also noted that the revisions will improve transparency and create equal opportunity for those applying for certain positions. Notably, the County Executive will be required to “prominently display” a notice on the county’s website for openings for heads of departments or other administrative units for at least five business days.


The changes also update sections that had outdated language. 


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The revisions now go to the County Executive for his approval.