BUFFALO, NY-- Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has appointed James A. Jancewicz to Comissioner of Central Police Services.

Jancewicz has worked as a special agent for the FBI, as well as U.S. Customs and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Mr. Jancewicz understands the issues facing law enforcement today and will serve members of law enforcement and the people of Erie County well as Commissioner of Central Police Services. He has lengthy law enforcement experience paired with the ability to build collaborative partnerships and has demonstrated his organizational leadership at a high level,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz in a released statement. “Central Police Services demands a Commissioner with a strong law enforcement background, an ability to work with others, and the acumen to handle a fast-paced work environment. Jim brings all those traits and more to the job and I look forward to working with him as our newest Commissioner.”

Mr. Jancewicz said in a statement, “I want to thank County Executive Poloncarz for the opportunity to serve the residents of Erie County and look forward to working with the professionals of Central Police Services to maintain the highest level of public safety in our community.”

The appointment still needs to be approved by the Erie County Legislature.

Earlier this year, Poloncarz had appointed Lackawanna Police Chief James Michel to the commissioner post, but rescinded the nomination after he had received information about a prior investigation alleging improper conduct involving Michel.

Michel is vowing to take legal action against the person who leaked the memo from his personnel file, and thereby scuttled his chances at the post.