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Posted on: June 10, 2019

Mayor Byron W. Brown Nominates New Assessment And Taxation Commissioner

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Buffalo – Mayor Byron W. Brown, Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams and Council President Darius Pridgen today announced the nomination of Jason C. Shell, who previously served as Department of Public Works Administrator, as City of Buffalo Commissioner of Assessment and Taxation. Shell will replace Martin F. Kennedy, who recently retired after a nearly 30-year career in city government.

Mayor Brown stated, “It is a pleasure to nominate Jason C. Shell as Commissioner of Assessment and Taxation, pending confirmation by Members of the Common Council. His strong work ethic, professionalism and love for Buffalo has served our City well since 2008. He’s played key leadership roles in many projects and has advised Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners on strategic management in the areas of budget, personnel, billing, policy and labor relations, and much more. I am confident that under his leadership, he will continue to make City government more efficient, effective and customer-service oriented. We have an important year ahead for City taxpayers and I know with Jason at the helm, full community engagement for businesses and residents will be a priority.”

As a public servant who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from State University of New York at Brockport, Jason C. Shell brings over 14 years of public sector experience to his new role, 11 years as a manager in the Brown Administration, where he’s served as Administrator of Public Works, Deputy Commissioner of Buildings and Energy Management and Quality of Life Program Manager for the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. He also served as Intergovernmental Coordinator for the Buffalo Sewer Authority.

Shell stated, “I am honored and humbled by this nomination. I look forward to working with Mayor Brown and his Administration, the Comptroller and the Common Council, on behalf of all City of Buffalo residents and to continue to deliver excellent services to all City residents and businesses.”

Shell’s nomination will be filed with the Council prior to the June 11th Buffalo Common Council meeting. His nomination requires confirmation by the Common Council.

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