County Executive

Posted on: March 16, 2017

County Executive Announces Retirement of Director of Human Resources


Pictured above: Joseph Porpiglia, Chautauqua County Director of Human Resources, and Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County Executive.  


MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan recently announced Chautauqua County Director of Human Resources Joseph Porpiglia will retire from his position effective June 1, 2017.


Porpiglia first began his career with the county on January 1, 1985 as commissioner of elections.  Following a 14-year career with the Board of Elections, he was appointed as director of human resources on May 5, 1999. Since that time, he was re-appointed to another six-year term in 2005 and a third term in 2011.


“Working as a public servant to safeguard the workplace and voting rights of Chautauqua County employees and citizens has been a rewarding experience,” said Porpiglia.  “To all those I’ve had the opportunity to serve with, I thank you for your partnership and support.”


Throughout his career, Porpiglia has helped ensure the workplace entitlements of all employees; maintained statutory compliance with Federal, State and County requirements; facilitated employee recruitment; and promoted fair hiring practices while enforcing county policies. He has managed collective bargaining agreements and was lead negotiator for 23 union contracts with the five recognized labor organizations in County Government. He also served on numerous labor relations committees including the Chautauqua County Labor Relations Council, Policy Committee, and Wellness and Health Insurance Review Committee.


In addition to these duties, as personnel officer he oversees the administration of New York State Civil Service for 69 entities within Chautauqua County including local school districts and municipalities with responsibilities for over 5,500 Civil Service employees.


“As a former commissioner of elections and the current director of human resources, Joe Porpiglia has worked tirelessly to serve voters, residents, civil service employees, and county employees,” said Horrigan. “I thank Joe for his 32 years of incredible and exemplary service to Chautauqua County and he will be sorely missed.”  


Horrigan has begun the process of finding a replacement and will establish a bi-partisan search committee to help him find the most qualified individual to serve as the new director.




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