Modified: January 23, 2015 3:38pm
ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued the following statement regarding the departure of Richard Tobe as Deputy Erie County Executive. Tobe, who began serving as Deputy County Executive in January 2012 following his appointment by Poloncarz, has accepted a position offered by NYS Governor Cuomo and will serve as Director of Upstate Economic Development.
“I congratulate Rich on his new position and thank him for the hard work he’s done as Deputy Erie County Executive. It has been a privilege to work alongside Rich, observing every day his work ethic, perseverance, attention to detail, and commitment to public service. He has been a good friend and colleague during his time as Deputy County Executive, whose counsel and experience provided valuable perspective in administering efficient, effective county governance. He is a great choice for the Upstate New York Economic Development Advisor position and I cannot think of a better person to serve in this role.
While his departure is a loss for my administration, and I will miss his good counsel, it portends great things to come for New York State. Rich’s exceptional skill set and acuity in economic development areas, as well as his deep understanding of governmental relations and processes, make him the ideal candidate for his new position. He has a love for Erie County as well as great knowledge of our area’s rich history and promising future, and I look forward to working with him in his new role as our region’s economic renaissance continues.
Upon Rich’s departure, Commissioner of Environment & Planning Maria Whyte will serve as Deputy Erie County Executive on an interim basis while a search is conducted for Rich’s replacement. She will also retain her title as Commissioner of Environment & Planning.”
Tobe added, “It has been an honor and pleasure to work with County Executive Mark Poloncarz as his Deputy and with the exceptional team that he has assembled. Mark’s great skill and leadership are demonstrated by the many successes that he has achieved over these last three years. The community is far better in all dimensions than it was three years ago. County Executive Poloncarz’s vision, values and leadership have contributed enormously to this progress. As I leave county government, I know it is in good hands. As I join the Cuomo administration, I look forward to continuing the work that I have done on behalf of Erie County, on a wider scale, but always with an eye on the needs of what will continue to be my home, Erie County.”