New Chautauqua County Budget Director Appointed

Chautauqua County Budget Director Jennifer C. Swan and Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel

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A Lakewood, New York native has been appointed Chautauqua County’s new Budget Director.

Jennifer C. Swan, the current Fiscal Supervisor for Chautauqua County’s Office of the Sheriff, will assume the post starting on Thursday, July 27, 2023.

Swan initially started working for county government in August 2017.

“I work closely with the Finance Department when it comes to financial reporting, I analyze performance metrics throughout the course of the year and, supervise three fiscal staff,” explained Swan. “One of my primary responsibilities is drafting the Sheriff Office’s Budget. I’ve presented our budget for the last four years as well.”

Developing the Sheriff’s Budget is a key aspect of Swan’s previous role, which she enjoys.

“I’m pleased to appointed Jennifer to this critical position within County Government,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “Jennifer’s internal knowledge of the budget process sets her up for success as she builds off her experiences caring for the Sheriff’s budget.”

As Budget Director, Swan hopes to further financial progresses already achieved.

“One of the things that I really hope to accomplish is to maintain the county’s fiscal position. That has been a huge task, completed by the outgoing Budget Director Kathleen Dennison,” continued Swan. “It’s a major element of the county’s financial plan. I feel it’s important to keep the tax base, and tax levy, minimized and controlled.”

In 2009, Swan graduated from Jamestown Business College (JBC) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and holds an Associate’s Degree from JBC in Accounting.

Born and raised in Chautauqua County, Swan currently lives in Gerry, New York with her husband Shane and new 8-month-old baby.