Mayor Byron W. Brown Endorses Bernie Tolbert for Erie County Sheriff

Buffalo, NY  October 29, 2017 —Today, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown endorsed Democrat Bernie Tolbert for Erie County Sheriff.

“It is now more important than ever that we elect leaders who can build on our successes and continue to move our city and our county forward,” said Mayor Brown. “Erie County residents deserve a sheriff who creates a system for accountability, and ensures “justice for all. To that end, Bernie Tolbert has the professional experience to serve as the county’s top law enforcement officer.”

In acknowledging the Mayor’s support Bernie Tolbert spoke of future collaboration in ensuring the safety of Erie County. “It is a great honor to have the endorsement of Mayor Brown, a leader whose service to the City of Buffalo has strengthened our city and our region. His leadership has made Buffalo smarter, safer, and I pledge to work closely with Mayor Brown and all county and municipal partners to continue to expand on this progress.”

About Bernie Tolbert:  Bernie Tolbert is the former Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo office overseeing the Western New York region. He has more than 30 years of professional experience at the highest levels of law enforcement and corporate security. Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Tolbert holds a master degree in social work from the SUNY Buffalo and worked in education and social work in Erie County before launching a career with the FBI.

Mr. Tolbert’s campaign platform features four primary agenda items:

  • Clean up the County jails and restore pride and professionalism to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Beat the opioid and heroin addiction epidemic ravaging Erie County
  • Collaboratively work to turn back the tide of rising street crime
  • Restore a culture of respect and civility