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.
So with the added responsibility of filling out his cabinet, he said he'll rely mostly on some of the staff already in place. He said recreation department boss Michael Dashineau is someone who's doing a great job and will likely be asked to remain in his position. He's hoping Dashineau and any other holdover cabinet members will aid his transition period, he said.
"It seems to me many of these people are doing a good job," he said. "I'm counting on them to support me, to back me throughout this transition."
But before any of his appointments could be finalized, Brochey needed to take care of one final piece of business with the board of which he's currently a member. So, reading a letter aloud, the soon-to-be supervisor submitted his letter of resignation, effective the last day of December, to Mayor Terry Collesano and the three remaining trustees.
He thanked them all, saying he learned a lot about how to do the job from each of them. He also thanked Collesano for essentially pestering him to run for the board in 2012, a responsibility Brochey said he was initially not considering.
Collesano praised Brochey after the letter, offering him any help in the future while suggesting the relationship between the two governments could use some fixing.
"You've been such a good presence on our board," Collesano told Brochey. "Anytime you need our help, you know where we are. We're there for you."Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.