John W. Greenan is leaving his position as Erie County personnel commissioner and is headed for the Sheriff’s Office to serve as its chief of administrative services, beginning Wednesday.
His responsibilities will include internal personnel issues, dealing with unions, grievances, other administrative matters, and handling budgeting for the annual $100 million operation of the Sheriff’s Office.
The deal was set Thursday, when county lawmakers unanimously approved a request by the Sheriff’s Office for some personnel changes and budget shifting that would allow restoring of the administrative services position, which has been vacant since 2011.
The position was last filled by Brian D. Doyle, who retired in 2010. The position went unfunded after budget cuts during the administration of then-County Executive Chris Collins.
As a result, the duties of chief of administrative services were split between a longtime civil deputy, who recently retired, and the office’s senior administrative assistant, who is about to retire.
With the position of chief of administrative services restored, Greenan will serve in a confidential/managerial capacity at the pleasure of Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and will not be eligible for overtime, as had been the case for the two staff members who had been handling the duties. Officials said the change should result in savings for the Sheriff’s Office.
The annual salary for the chief of administrative services is $90,875. Greenan’s position as personnel commissioner was budgeted at $105,206.
Greenan formerly served as Republican majority leader in the County Legislature before then-County Executive Joel A. Giambra appointed him as commissioner of personnel in 2002. The commissioner of personnel serves a six-year term. Collins reappointed Greenan in September 2008, and Greenan’s term was set to expire Sept. 30.