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Social Services Chief Resigns

By Mark Wozniak

Buffalo, NY – There has been an unexpected change in the Erie County Department of Social Services. Commissioner Kevin Helfer submitted his resignation Monday, effective immediately.

Helfer was heading up a reorganization of the department. He cited personal reasons for stepping down.

Deputy Commissioner Deborah Merrifield will take over as interim commissioner, until a permanent successor is appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the Legislature.