Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz today announced his appointment of Geoffrey M. Szymanski as Erie County Director of Workforce Development. In that position he serves as Executive Director of the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board (“WIB”). Szymanski brings extensive public sector experience to the position, having served as Mayor of the City of Lackawanna since January 2012 and City Councilman for six years prior to that. Szymanski also just received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Buffalo State College.
“I am pleased to appoint Geoff Szymanski as Erie County’s Director of Workforce Development and am confident that his experience in government, especially with workforce issues, will be a tremendous asset in the position,” Poloncarz said. “Geoff is a Navy veteran who has served his community, working to make Lackawanna a better place, and who will now work for the larger Erie County community in his role as Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. I welcome him to the team and look forward to working together to build a more prepared, inclusive, dynamic county workforce.”
Incoming Executive WIB Director Geoffrey Szymanski said, “I am glad to be a part of the success happening in Erie County and I am looking forward to moving the Erie County Workforce Investment Board in a positive direction for all county residents. I will use my eight years of experience as the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Lackawanna to build new relationships and advance the work of the WIB.”
Szymanski begins in the new position today.