Niagara Gazette


January 2, 2014

Brochey's light approach will mean serious business in Lewiston

Niagara Gazette — Dennis Brochey knows he’ll need to be serious about Lewiston’s many problems heading into 2014 and beyond.

But the new supervisor took a moment to be jovial after taking his oath of office Wednesday morning, a ceremony officially welcoming him to his new job.

After he joked about making his lips move without sound and expecting applause when it was all over, Brochey said he’s going to be both funny and serious whenever he can.

“It’s something I did for 20-some years as a business owner,” he said of his sense of humor. “If I can go in there with as chipper an attitude as I can, it’ll make it easy for everyone else. Having a sense of humor is part of me. But I’m very serious about this job and its responsibilities.”

Brochey’s first order of business will be to make some appointments for open jobs in town government at tonight’s organization meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at Lewiston Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road, Lewiston.

There’s just one catch, though. He said he hasn’t made up his mind on who will receive either of the top two openings, the ones that will have the greatest impact on the success of his office. Neither finance director or deputy supervisor have been determined as of Wednesday afternoon, which might result in him asking for an extension.

“I’ve got to make sure it’s the right decision,” he said. “I need to surround myself with the best people I can. It’s like every time I think I’m making a breakthrough and I have a candidate, something makes me anxious.”

One thing he said he is certain of is he’ll carry over the employment of his office’s current confidential secretary, Barbara Cich. He said her experience will be invaluable to his success.

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