The chief of staff for Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw has resigned after only two weeks on the job.
Jeffrey Bochiechio submitted his resignation Tuesday, according to Mychajliw.
Bochiechio was convicted Tuesday in Machias Town Court of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. The conviction followed an October arrest in the town in which he registered a 0.13 percent blood-alcohol content, according to the Cattaraugus County District Attorney’s Office.
“I promised I would hold my employees to the highest of standards,” Mychajliw said. “I set that bar very high for myself and for my office. We need to hold ourselves to the highest of standards, and when those standards were not met, this individual offered to resign, and I accepted it.”
Mychajliw, who thanked Bochiechio for his service, said he wished him “the best both personally and professionally in the days and weeks to come.”
A former campaign aide to Chris Collins, Bochiechio previously worked for the State Senate Republicans as a Western New York regional director.
“I accept the consequences for my actions,” Bochiechio told The Buffalo News in a written statement. “This is a personal matter for me, and I had hoped it would stay private. I felt I brought a unique set of skills that would have served the Comptroller’s Office well. However, the criticism I received over the last week would have negatively affected my ability to do this job, so I resigned.”
He apologized to his family and friends for “any embarrassment this has caused.”
Bochiechio was one of three appointments Mychajliw has made since taking office as comptroller Jan. 1. Mychajliw said he will begin a search to fill the position. “There are people that we interviewed early in the process that we’re going to talk to again,” Mychajliw said when asked about potential candidates. “I’ve made no decision.”