The Erie County Prison now has a new Deputy Warden. Kevin Sutter, who was recommended for the job by County Executive Barry Grossman, was appointed Tuesday night.
Sutter does not meet the educational requirements of the job, however he brings nearly 20 years of experience.
Erie County Council was expected to vote on whether to waive the requirements or not at their meeting Tuesday night, but their solicitor told them the decision was not up to them.
Still, some council members, like Fiore Leone, wonder why these decision keep coming to them, if they're asked to over look job requirements.
"I've said that time and time again," said Leone. "Why have personnel code if we're going to waive the requirements every time somebody comes down here? It doesn't make sense to me, but unfortunately, I'm not the voting factor that says they can do it."
Councilman Leone said he doesn't have a issue with Sutter, he just says this whole process is flawed. He believes it wasn't a level playing field hiring him because others, who may be more qualified but don't meet the educational requirements, may not have applied.
Ron DiNicola, County Solicitor, said that one-third of the applicants did not meet the educational requirements.
Sutter said he is looking forward to starting work Monday at the prison.