VSA Director Position Deadline Looms

MAYVILLE – The deadline to apply for the vacant Veterans Service Agency director position is fast approaching.

In July, Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards announced that Doug Diers, director of the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency, would be resigning effective Aug. 9. Diers had decided to pursue his passion for serving veterans by accepting a Federal Service teaching position with the Air Force, working at the Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss.

Diers, a retired Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force, had served for 20 years in active duty, and became director of the Chautauqua County VSA in September 2012.

“Master Sergeant Diers served the veterans of Chautauqua County well during his tenure as the director of our VSA, and we all wish him well in his return to Mississippi to continue his service to our armed forces personnel,” Edwards said. “I will continue my commitment as county executive to provide the absolute best services to our veterans through a team of professionals dedicated to this cause, as I recruit a new director and a new Veterans Service officer in anticipation of the retirement of one of our other team members in April of 2014.”

Edwards put together a bipartisan committee in order to aid in finding a qualified individual who is ready to lead the VSA. Serving on the review committee are Legislator Keith Ahlstrom, D-Dunkirk, who is also chief of the city of Dunkirk Fire Department; Legislator Vince Horrigan, R-Bemus Point, and colonel in the U.S. Air Force; Troy Smith, New York state veteran counselor and sergeant 1st class in the U.S. Army; and William Tucker, executive director of the American Red Cross of Southwestern New York and lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Marine Corps.

“This really is one of the best groups I have ever assembled to help me with the director hiring process,” Edwards said. “Each of these individuals has shown their commitment to our country and our county, and I hope the credentials and accomplishments of these individuals will attract even better candidates for the job, as applicants will know that quality people with a proven history of service will be reviewing their applications.”

The committee will review all applications for the Veterans Service Agency director position, and will create a short list of the most qualified candidates to be referred to the county executive. The county executive will then interview each recommended candidate and select the top applicant to be hired for the position.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday. Interested candidates should complete a Chautauqua County Application for Examination or Employment, which is available at co.chautauqua.ny.us. For more information, visit the county website or call the Department of Human Resources at 753-4237.