Niagara Gazette


January 29, 2014

Supervisor says Mike Johnson will not be hired as internal claims auditor

Niagara Gazette — Lewiston Finance Director Mike Johnson’s tenure in Lewiston town government is coming to an end, at least according to Supervisor Dennis Brochey.

Lewiston’s new chief executive said he had a “long talk” with Johnson and the two agreed to a plan to see him step away gradually.

Brochey said he wanted Johnson to stay temporarily in order to secure a successful transition to his choice for the office, Paul Kloosterman, beginning Feb. 3.

“When Paul feels comfortable in his position and (Johnson) feels comfortable he has a firm grasp on what he needs to know,” Brochey said of when Johnson will vacate town hall. “It could take a few months. It’s not going to happen overnight.”

Finance director and budget manager under former Supervisor Steve Reiter, Johnson was hired by the current town board earlier this month in a controversial move to serve as the town’s municipal internal claims auditor. It’s a position put into the town’s budget this past November by Republican board members following Brochey’s election.

At the time, former board member Paulette Glasgow questioned the creation of the position, noting her inquiries showed no other municipality in Niagara County employed a similar position, though one did exist in the Lewiston-Porter school district. 

As auditor, Johnson was scheduled to receive an annual salary of more than $43,000 plus full-time benefits. By comparison, Glasgow said in November, Lew-Port’s employee works once per month and collects an annual salary of $1,500.

A representative from the county’s civil service department did not return phone calls and messages seeking comment.

Johnson’s tenure in town politics has lasted nearly two decades as he’s served as a town councilman before budget officer. He said he’s loved his time in public service, happy with the accomplishments he’s achieved and hopeful his replacement is likewise successful.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page