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Bert Dunn will campaign for Erie County Sheriff

HAMBURG — Bert Dunn, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, announced that he will run for Erie County sheriff. Dunn launched his campaign at the original location of Bert’s Bikes and Sports, a business that was founded by his parents, in 1972.

“I learned, from an early age, what hard work was and the tremendous responsibility of being a business owner, where the needs of your customers and your employees take precedence, over your own personal needs,” Dunn said. “This is the building ... where I first learned the management and leadership skills that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office desperately needs.”

Dunn is a lifelong resident of Erie County. He graduated from Orchard Park High School in 1988 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Buffalo and an MBA from Canisius College. He and his wife Michelle have three children, Bert Jr., Brian and Rachel, who all attend Orchard Park Schools.

Dunn has worked for the sheriff’s office since 2001, as a deputy and sergeant and now serves as lieutenant. He is the day watch commander of the A Platoon for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Police Services. All of his positions have been earned, through civil service examinations.

The candidate was the senior buyer and sales manager for Bert’s Bikes & Fitness, from 1990 – 2004, and has been president of that company, since 2004.

“In my early years of law enforcement, I developed a philosophy that would allow me to continue my dream of being a police officer and still fulfill my obligations, to my family and employees,” the candidate said. “That philosophy centers on empowering strong employees, to do the jobs they are trained to do. Running a successful bricks and mortar business, in today’s competitive and challenging environment, makes me uniquely qualified in the law enforcement community. My executive level experience spans over 20 years and has prepared me to run a large scale operation, that is dependent on people, to be successful.”

Dunn said that the people of Erie County deserve a sheriff who “leads from the front, is passionate about the sheriff’s office, who is skilled in crafting budgets and delivering quality services, holds people accountable, understands and embraces technology and plans for the future. Good training, job enrichment and a good work environment go a long way, in increasing morale and motivation. High morale and motivated employees achieve great things. It is the responsibility of the leadership to provide the necessary tools and resources that the employees need to be successful.”

Dunn said that he is looking forward to running a spirited campaign. “The sheriff is the chief law enforcement office in the county,” he said.

“It is the only police job in which the people get a voice, in deciding who gets hired. Every four years, there is a job interview and the people get to make a choice of who they think will best represent them and protect them. Over the next seven months, I plan on convincing the voters of Erie County that I am the right man for the job.”

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