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Greenan to serve as transition liaison between Poloncarz and Collins

GreenanThe man who helped Chris Collins transition into the county executive's office four years ago will help Mark C. Poloncarz as he moves to the 16th floor of the Rath Building.

Collins has asked County Personnel Commissioner John W. Greenan to serve as a liason for Poloncarz during the transition.

Greenan, who served a similar role when Collins took office, reached out to Poloncarz on Thursday, spokesmen for Collins and Poloncarz said.

"Certainly, John will be there to help in any way possible," said Grant Loomis, a spokesman for Collins. "And as the county executive said on election night, we'll ensure a smooth transition."

Greenan served as Republican majority leader in the county Legislature before then-County Executive Joel A. Giambra appointed him commissioner of personnel in 2002.

He's one of three county commissioners almost certain to stay on as Poloncarz takes office in January. By county charter, the commissioners of personnel, social services and real property services serve six-year terms. Collins reappointed Greenan in September 2008.

--Denise Jewell Gee

File Photo: Erie County Personnel Commissioner John W. Greenan addresses the County Legislature. (News Sharon Cantillon/ Buffalo News)

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