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December 5, 2013

Brochey preparing for new role in Lewiston

Niagara Gazette — Dennis Brochey is still searching.

The Lewiston supervisor-elect is spending every day identifying candidates for a number of appointments he'll make when he takes office Jan. 1.

He knows his choices for many of the openings will be an important first step in fulfilling the immediate goal he set when he announced his candidacy, which was a message of change at town hall.

"Everything's still up in the air," he said Monday during his penultimate Lewiston Village Board meeting as a trustee. "There's several people who are interested in at least two of the major positions. I don't want to make a mistake, I want to find the right people."

Those two positions are arguably the most important appointments a supervisor can make in Lewiston, as he'll decide the next finance director and deputy supervisor. The finance position, currently held by Michael Johnson, would be largely responsible for creating and maintaining the budget of the town each year, including overseeing much of the spending. The deputy supervisor, meanwhile, would run the town's day-to-day operations and any meetings in any instance Brochey would be incapable or unavailable.

Town residents don't need to go too far back into their memory to realize how important a deputy supervisor is, as current deputy Gary Catlin has become acting supervisor in recent weeks following the leave of absence granted outgoing chief Steve Reiter.

"The object is to surround myself with the right people who'll help me make a difference," Brochey said of his search.

He said much of his attention has been on recovering from shoulder surgery, performed recently to fix an issue he developed while lifting weights. He's still looking at months of recovery before he's at full strength, but it won't keep him from doing his new job.

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