County Officials Discuss DMV Safety

Concern from employees at local locations

Matt Moran
June 06, 2018 - 2:58 pm

WBEN Photo/Matt Moran


CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns and Sheriff Timothy Howard are addressing the security concerns at local auto bureaus.

Kearns and Sheriff Howard were at the Cheektowaga location on George Urban Boulevard. That location is among nine of the 10 county auto bureaus that have no security on site every day.

Employees have complained to Clerk Kearns about their safety. Kearns says a month ago, the Cheektowaga location had a situation where a employee was threatened by a customer.

"Unfortunately we live in different times, we have to be proactive," Kearns said. "Many of our auto bureaus aren't designed for what is happening in our society."

The downtown location on Pearl Street has the Rath Building security. According to the sheriff's office, they responded to 115 incidents in 2017. Sheriff Howard says they have to be better prepared at the other locations.

"We've identified that this problem happens downtown why might it not happen at any of the satellites," Sheriff Howard said.

Kearns says creating the same level of security the downtown branch at all the other locations is the goal.

"There shouldn't be two standards," Kearns said. "If you work downtown, you work in a safer building than off site at one of the satelites."

Kearns and Sheriff Howard will be discussing security plans for the auto bureaus. Kearns has written a letter to County Legislature, requesting that the appropriate committee consider and review the issue.



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