BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Denise Krause, clinical professor and associate
dean for community engagement and alumni relations in the
University at Buffalo School of Social Work, has been named to the
health and human services subcommittee of County Executive-elect
Mark C. Poloncarz's transition team.
Krause will help select key positions in the administration,
including the first deputy commissioner of social services, deputy
commissioner of youth services and the director of legal affairs
for social services.
Krause joins more than 50 other community, business and
government leaders chosen to nominate positions for the Poloncarz
administration when he takes office in January. All transition team
members serve as volunteers.
"I am grateful to the executive committee and subcommittee
members who have volunteered time out of their incredibly busy
lives to help the transition for my incoming administration," said
Poloncarz, elected to the four-year county executive term last
month when he defeated incumbent Chris Collins. Poloncarz is only
the second Democrat elected in the 51-year history of the
"As the subcommittees begin reviewing the applications and
credentials from those persons interested in serving our community,
I will rely on the expertise and unique viewpoints that each member
brings to the table in order to recruit an administration
representative of all of Erie County."
Krause will serve in the Health and Human Services Subcommittee
under co-chairwomen Brenda McDuffie and Patty deVinney.
Krause's professional interests and areas of special expertise
include solution-focused practice, interventions with individuals
and families, and teaching and online education. Krause has been
involved in several ongoing solution-focused training initiatives
in New York State since 2005.
She works with the New York State Office of Children and Family
Services, county-level social service departments and voluntary
agencies to train at the administrative, supervisory and direct
service levels. She also has been instrumental in the New York
State Unified Court System's training project to help court
personnel find solutions and strategies from a trauma-informed
Poloncarz's transition team received more than 650 applications
from persons interested in serving in Erie County government,
according to the county executive-elect's office. The subcommittee
members will begin to review the applications, conduct interviews
and make recommendations to the county executive-elect. In
addition, the executive committee members will conduct interviews
with selected candidates who are candidates for positions as
department heads in the Poloncarz administration.
The transition team will help Poloncarz fill approximately 70
positions within the incoming administration, ranging from
department heads to other policymaking, administrative and
managerial confidential staff positions. Announcements on the
filling of specific positions will be made by the county
executive-elect's office in the near future.