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Schroeder is promising employee excellence in city government

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Mayoral candidate Mark Schroeder has unveiled the second point of what he's calling his "Compass Plan for Buffalo." It focuses on employee excellence.

The Democratic hopeful says his administration will hire and promote employees based on what they know, not who they know.

"It is so important that the people we trust to provide vital services are qualified and experienced," Schroeder said. "City workers will be offered advanced job training, tuition assistance and professional certification programs."

Schroeder said he professionalized his own department upon his election as city comptroller in 2011 by increasing the number of certified public accountants from just one to ten.

Schroeder is challenging incumbent Byron Brown in September's mayoral primary. Also running is Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.