Supporters Collect More Than 1,000 Signatures on Miller-Beaty’s Behalf
Kimberly L. Miller-Beaty (pictured above) announced her intention to run for Erie County Sheriff Tuesday after supporters collected more than 1,000 petition signatures on her behalf and asked her to reconsider running for the county’s top law-enforcement position .
If successful she will become the first female to oversee the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.
“I am humbled by the support I’ve received from members of our community and I accept their call to action,” said Miller-Beaty. “We deserve a Sheriff who understands that compassion, dignity, and respect are at the heart of law enforcement, not at odds with it. As Sheriff, I will ensure that policing is done in an equitable manner and that the Erie County Holding Center is a safe place where the dignity of every woman and man is respected.”
Miller-Beaty served as the deputy commissioner of Operations and Homeland Security for the Buffalo Police Department, the second largest police department in NYS. She is presently the Director of Public Safety at Canisius College, her alma mater. Miller-Beaty emerged as a front-runner during the Erie County Democratic Committee endorsement process but she removed herself from consideration after party leadership made it clear they were moving in another direction, before the process was complete.
“I cannot ignore the will of the electorate to have a full and fair democratic process. After decades of abuse and mismanagement, I understand how important it is for the community to decide who will be the county’s top law enforcement official. I will not let my supporters down and I look forward to the work of rebuilding our community together.”
She will run in the June 22 primary election and is expected to receive the Working Families Party endorsement, ensuring her a ballot position in the November election as well.