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Former holders of the office of Erie County Comptroller gathered Monday for an unveiling of their individual portraits in the lobby of the comptroller’s office on the 11th floor of the Edward A Rath County Office Building.

The event was intended the commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the independently elected office under a new charter that was enacted in 1964.

“There have been eight people in the history of county government that have had the privilege of serving as the taxpayer’s watchdog,” said current Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw, in a statement on the county’s website.

“It is an honor few of us have had the pleasure of experiencing. Being Erie County Comptroller is a worthy endeavor, one that allows us to fight for taxpayers every day,” Mychajliw added.

While his immediate predecessor and current county executive, Mark C. Poloncarz did not attend the unveiling of the portraits, Mychajliw was joined by several past comptrollers. They included Henry Nowak, who served from 1964 until he was elected to Congress a decade later; Alfreda Slominski, the longest tenured comptroller who served from 1975 to 1993; Nancy Naples, who served from 1994 to 2004, and David Shenk, who was appointed to the post in 2012.