County Executive Announces Departure of Human Resources Director

Outgoing Chautauqua County Human Resources Director Jessica Wisniewski (left), and Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel (right).
Outgoing Chautauqua County Human Resources Director Jessica Wisniewski (left), and Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel (right).

Jessica Wisniewski to Resign as Chautauqua County Director of Human Resources County Director of Human Resources to Resign Effective Aug. 7

Chautauqua County Executive Paul M. Wendel, Jr. recently announced that Jessica Wisniewski, Chautauqua County Director of Human Resources, will resign from her position effective August 7, 2020.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am resigning my position as Director of Human Resources but I have certainly appreciated my time with Chautauqua County thoroughly,” said Wisniewski. “My family and I are relocating to North Carolina, which is my home state and where my extended family resides. My position with Chautauqua County has been a very rewarding experience and I am, and always will be, grateful to have been part of this wonderful organization. I plan to visit this beautiful area often in the future and I wish nothing but the best to Chautauqua County!”

Wisniewski first began her career with the county on June 21, 2017, when she was appointed as director. Throughout her career with the County, Wisniewski helped ensure the workplace entitlements of all employees; maintained statutory compliance with Federal, State and County requirements; facilitated employee recruitment; and promoted fair hiring practices while enforcing county policies. She also has managed collective bargaining agreements and was lead negotiator for four union contracts with the five recognized labor organizations in County Government.

In addition to these duties, she also oversaw the administration of New York State Civil Services for 68 entities within Chautauqua County including local school districts and municipalities with responsibilities for over 5800 Civil Service employees.

“Over the past three years, Jessica has been an exceptional leader for our Human Resources Department,” said Wendel. “She has worked tirelessly to serve civil service employees and county employees; and to assist the public with finding career opportunities in local government. I thank Jessica for her incredible and exemplary service to Chautauqua County and wish her the best with her future endeavors.”

Wendel established a bi-partisan search committee to help him find the County’s next human resources director, who was selected and recently appointed at a special meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature.