Legislature interviews candidates for Water Authority

Also press commissioner about executive director resignation

Mike Baggerman
February 28, 2019 - 6:38 pm

Erie County Water Authority commissioners Thomas Jones (left) and Jerome Schad (right). February 28, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Commissioners for the Erie County Water Authority were pressed about John Mye's abrupt resignation earlier this month at the authority's executive director.

Mye resigned earlier this month after just four days on the job for "personal reasons" which were never disclosed publicly. His departure was the latest in the woes related to the water authority, which include the topic of political patronage in exchange for high-paying jobs.

Commissioners Thomas Jones and Jerome Schad were in attendance at Thursday's committee meetings for the Erie County Legislature while Commissioner Mark Carney was on vacation.

"There's really no further explanation we can provide," Schad told the committee about Mye's resignation. "Senior management, who interacted with Mr. Mye...were extremely surprised. Unfortunately, these things happen and we have responded accordingly."

It was a multi-month hiring process for the commissioners, who received upwards of a dozen applicants for the executive director position.

Schad said they anticipate having a new executive director assume the role around May 1.

Mye was not invited to the meeting according to John Bruso. Erie County Legislator Joe Lorigo suggested during the meeting that health was a reason for Mye's abrupt resignation from the water authority.

Following a recess, the committee also began interviews to appoint a commissioner because Schad's up for a reappointment. He was interviewed along with Peter Reese, an election law attorney and former cancer research scientist at Roswell Park.

Hear their full interviews with the water authority below:

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