Lt. who challenged sheriff in election resigns


Bert Dunn, a lieutenant with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, has resigned just months after losing an election to incumbent Sheriff Tim Howard.

Sheriff Howard says Dunn turned in a letter of resignation around 3 p.m. on Tuesday to the chief of his division.

During his campaign last year, Dunn made specific allegations about misconduct and problems inside the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Howard was looking for answers about these allegations from Dunn and requested he submit answers about the allegations in writing.

Tuesday was the deadline for Dunn to turn in those written answers. Instead of submitting the answers to the sheriff’s questions, Dunn resigned.

Sheriff Howard says his investigation was not vengeful and was not adversarial. He says Dunn had an obligation, as an employee, to report misconduct and didn’t.

Dunn’s resignation was effective immediately. Someone will fill in while his post is filled. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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