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Erie County Sheriff

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    Timothy B Howard (REP, CON, IND, RFM) Erie County Sheriff

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    Bernard A Tolbert (DEM, WF, WEP) Senior Investigator Erie County Child Protective Services

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How can we deal most effectively with the opioid problem and the need for additional funding to do so?

How will you improve conditions at the Erie County Holding Center?

What is the most important issue facing Erie County in the next two years and why is it the most important issue?

How would you improve the Erie County Sheriff’s department's culture and training to foster a more collaborative relationship with the community?

Education SUNY Albany 1985-1986; Criminal Justice - M.A.; SUNY Brockport 1975-1981 Political Science - B.S.
Experience and Qualifications 06/05 – Present Sheriff of Erie County; 1/98 - 6/05 Undersheriff; New York State Police 1/74 - 1/98 Staff Inspector; Major, Troop Commander; BCI Captain-Batavia; Special Investigation Unit - Statewide Organized Crime; Captain; Lieutenant - Troop T; BCI Lieutenant
Key Endorsements ECSO PBA; NYS Troopers PBA; CSEA-815; AFCME-1095; WNY Teamsters; Building Trades Council; UAW-9
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My office is taking on the heroin and fentanyl dealers head on with added Narcotics Unit Deputies, further collaboration with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, and adding prescription drug drop boxes to eliminate the chance our children get their hands on opiate prescription drugs. I was also one of the first local agencies to join the Erie County Opiate Task Force and provide “Angels” to help individuals break away from their addiction.
My Jail Management Division received the NYS Sheriff’s Association Corrections Division Accreditation. My office was the first to implement Crisis Intervention Training for correctional facilities outside of NYC. This initiative trains jail personnel to deal with inmates suffering from mental illness and encourages them to be proactive in getting inmates proper care. I am helping incarcerated veterans get access to the services they earned fighting for our country.
The opioid epidemic continues to spread in our community and kills one person per day. As this epidemic spreads, it is forcing governments and law enforcement agencies to reallocate funds to save people’s lives. Whether it is shifting money to purchase Narcan or redeploying Deputies for overdose calls, this plague is costing taxpayers more money which could be utilized for other resources. I have enlarged the Narcotic Unit to arrest “one-stop-dealers” from selling the poison.
I have initiated partnerships to fight crime in Erie County, and proud to be part of the Local Conditional Release Commission helping inmates get back into society. I am working with the health department to dispose of medications, and I continue to be a strong partner with community organizations to educate children about the deadly consequences of illegal drugs and DWI. I will work with all organizations that keep our community safe and fights crime.
Education BS, State University of New York at Buffalo MSW, State University of New York at Buffalo
Experience and Qualifications Social Work at People, Inc. West Seneca Developmental Center and Child and Family Services (1974-1980). FBI, Agent (1980-2001). Special Agent in Charge Buffalo Division (1998-2001). Security Manager, Coca Cola Company and HSBC (2001-2002). National Basketball Association Senior VP of Security (2001-2010)
Key Endorsements EC Executive Mark Poloncarz EC Democratic Committee CWA AFL and Buffalo CLC
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We can beat this problem by arresting dealers and getting help for the addicts. I will achieve those goals by collaborating with law enforcement, social service and medical organizations on federal, state and local levels in prosecuting those who bring fentanyl and heroine/opiods into the country and providing much needed services and counseling to those addicted. To obtain additional funding I would apply for a share of the $58 million federal government funds earmarked for such treatments.
1) More training for holding center staff. 2) Review of overtime policies to more effectively manage holding center employee work scheduling. 3) Bring in additional professional services, particularly in the field of mental health. 4) Provide effective leadership to encourage a change in the overall culture of the sheriff's workforce.
The most important issue for the Sheriff's Department is fulfilling the top mandate of county government---public safety. I will achieve that through a focus on reducing crime, particularly violent crimes destroying our neighborhoods, and with a purposeful goal to rebuild and promote healthy, strong communities.To rebuild such communities, the sheriff's department will have to work diligently to foster the trust and confidence now lacking between the people and the current sheriff.
You get better results when you partner with other agencies, branches of government, and experts.It's a proven method that I employed throughout my FBI / security career and will do again as Erie County Sheriff. It is also paramount to develop and implement an ongoing comprehensive training program for all department employees, supplemented by management and leadership training for all administrative and supervisory staff. The execution of both will foster a stronger community relationship. logo


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