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Two former politicians get Erie County jobs

Erie County Executive's Office
Former Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski (l) was appointed Erie County Director of Workforce Development by County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

The runner-up in November’s election for Erie County executive and the former mayor of Lackawanna have new jobs in county government.

Former District 9 Legislator Lynne Dixon has been hired as the new secretary for Republican Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw. Mychajliw is reorganizing his office.

Credit Erie County Executive Campaign
Former Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon will now serve in the County Comptroller's Office.

Dixon will be earning an annual salary of about $50,000, but is likely to be upgraded to the post of associate deputy comptroller for communications and community relations. In that new role, she would earn an annual salary of roughly $90,000.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz also announced his appointment of Geoffrey Szymanski as Erie County Director of Workforce Development, effective immediately. In that position, Szymanski serves as Executive Director of the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

"I welcome him to the team and look forward to working together to build a more prepared, inclusive, dynamic county workforce,” said Poloncarz.

Szymanski was mayor of Lackawanna since January 2012 and city councilman for six years prior to that.


Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.