Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has appointed former County Legislator Timothy Hogues as Commissioner of Senior Services. Hogues replaces Randy Hoak, who is now Associate State Director for AARP, which provides benefits to its over-50 members.
Poloncarz said Hogues will be an asset to Senior Services "because he has already been working extensively with community partners to expand the department's programs."
“He has both public- and private-sector experience and has served as an Erie County legislator, so he knows how the department works and how to move it forward," said Poloncarz. "I look forward to continuing to work with him as Commissioner.”
Hogues began his new position Monday. He served as 1st District Legislator from 2012-13. A licensed minister at Elim Christian fellowship in Buffalo, he holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo, is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy Program and is a 2012 recipient of the Black Achievers Award.
According to the department, 21.5 percent of Erie County's population 60 years or older (197,365 individuals), 8.1 percent is 75 years or older (74,435) and the 60-year+ population has grown from 14.5 percent of the total county population in 1970 to 21.5 percent in 2010 (the latest census).