The Bernie Tolbert for Erie County Sheriff Campaign has formed a finance committee and named its first members. The committee is led by Campaign Treasurer James Tilley, the former President and CEO of Evans Bank, and Assistant Treasurer Peter Grogan, Managing Director at United Capital Financial Advisors. Its membership includes John Elmore, a Partner in the Williamsville law firm Boyd and Elmore; Jonathan Gardner, a Partner at the law firm Kavinoky Cook; H. McCarthy Gipson, the former Commissioner of Police for the City of Buffalo; John Horn, the Managing Partner of the Buffalo office of the law firm Harter Secrest & Emery; Dr. Richard J. Lee, Dean Emeritus, Buffalo State College; Catherine Schweitzer, Executive Director of the Baird Foundation; and Leslie Shatkin, a prominent Democratic Party Activist from Amherst.

Announcing the committee, Bernie Tolbert said, “I’m thrilled and honored to have these prestigious community leaders join our campaign for sheriff. Each of these members brings skill and expertise to the campaign, not just in terms of raising the funds we need to wage a winning race, but in terms of good judgment and great ideas for how best to serve the people of Erie County. Ultimately, that is what this campaign is all about.”

Campaign Treasurer James Tilley said, “I am honored to serve with this impressive group of community leaders to help elect Bernie Tolbert as Erie County Sheriff. Bernie is a trusted friend who will serve the department and the citizens of Erie County with distinction.”
Speaking for the committee, Catherine Schweitzer said, “Bernie Tolbert has the community background, the law enforcement experience and the best ideas and practices to make the sheriff’s department one we can all be proud of.”

Bernie Tolbert has deep roots in Western New York and more than 30 years of law enforcement and security experience as the head of the FBI office in Buffalo and Western New York and the Head of Security for the National Basketball Association, HSBC Bank and Coca-Cola. His campaign is dedicated to protecting the citizens of Erie County while bringing good management and better law enforcement practices to the Office of Erie County Sheriff.