County Human Resources Director Retiring

Joseph Porpiglia

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County’s human resources director is retiring after serving in county government for over 30 years.

County Executive Vince Horrigan announced Thursday that Joseph Porpiglia will retire from his position June 1. Porpiglia first began his career with the county on Jan 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 reappointed to six-year terms in 2005 and again 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,” Porpiglia said. “To all those I’ve had the opportunity to serve with, I thank you for your partnership and support.”

During his tenure as human resources director, Porpiglia managed collective bargaining agreements and was lead negotiator for 23 union contracts with five labor organizations in county government. Porpiglia worked with CSEA Unit 6300 leaders to bring a six-year contract to 900 county employees, which garnered legislative approval in 2015. He also worked on labor contracts with the county Deputy Sheriffs and Supervisors associations, which were approved by the legislature in December.

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,” Horrigan said. “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.