Chief Ethics Officer

Erie County Department of Personnel
May 9, 2023
Buffalo, NY
Job Type


The Erie County Department of Personnel is seeking an individual to carry out and implement the policies of the Erie County Board of Ethics. The incumbent acts in the name of the Board between meetings and is expected to exercise a considerable amount of independent judgment and initiative.  Responsibilities include administration, research, report writing for tasks associated with the review of ethics complaints, investigations, review of financial disclosure statements, and the development and conduct of training programs.  Duties require absolute discretion and confidentiality.  Work is reviewed through conferences, written reports and the achievement of desired objectives.

  • Reports directly to and is responsible for carrying out the policies of the Erie County Board of Ethics;
  • Responsible for daily management of the office, including procurement and payment, maintenance of confidential records, receipt of all materials received by the Board, preparation of correspondence and reports and dealing with other administrative units of county government;
  • Reviews all financial disclosure statements, assesses completeness, and satisfies statutory deadlines for notifications and compliance with county laws;
  • Develops and delivers ethics training to elected officials, department heads, county board members and employees of the County;
  • Receives, interviews, investigates and analyzes complaints of ethics violations, and presents recommendations to the Board to resolve ethics violations;
  • Handles requests for ethics opinions from elected officials, department heads, county board members and employees of the County, which involves receiving, investigating, researching, reporting, tracking, and making recommendations to the Board;
  • Investigates complaints alleging any violations of pertinent laws as directed by the Board;
  • Drafts rules and regulations, policies, procedures, motions and other legal documents as directed by the Board;
  • Works with Board, to draft recommended budget and annual reports to the Legislature and County Executive;
  • Assists the Board in conducting meetings and hearings, prepares meeting agendas, legal notices and media advisories, minutes and transcripts, and records and files Board decisions;
  • Attends all meetings and hearing of the Board;
  • As required or directed by the Board, communicates with media and the public;
  • Oversees and administers access to the records of the Board.

* *Please note the position is currently pending jurisdictional classification (PJC) by New York State Civil Service and will be filled on temporary basis.

If the position is deemed competitive then appointments made will be provisional pending a future civil service competitive examination for permanent appointment.  After the exam, selection for permanent appointment(s) will be made from reachable candidate(s) on the eligible list according to the NYS Civil Service Rule of Three.



Possession of a license to practice law before the Bar of the State of New York and four (4) years of experience in the practice of law, at least two (2) years of which must have been in the field of ethics, conflicts of interest, prosecution, regulatory compliance, professional discipline or a related field, and include experience in adult education or training.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume by May 26, 2023 to:

Mr. Brian Bray, Commissioner of Personnel, Erie County,

95 Franklin Street, 6th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202

or by email to


Only those whose resumes are being considered will be contacted.


Erie County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to workplace diversity.