County Executive

The Erie County Executive represents the executive branch of county government. The county executive’s role is to provide visible, visionary leadership for the region, including by collaborating with elected officials and with both public and private partners.

Kathy Dahlkemper, as county executive since 2014, oversees the administration of county departments, makes appointments to county boards and authorities, approves ordinances, and submits an annual operating budget to Erie County Council.

The county executive’s team includes the director of administration; the county solicitor, who handles Right to Know requests; and the directors of Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology.

As the county’s highest ranking elected official, the county executive is ultimately accountable to the citizens of Erie County.

Did you know? Kathy Dahlkemper is the sixth Erie County Executive since the position was created in 1978. Previously, the county operated under a board of elected commissioners.