Erie County taxpayers would be very happy with Stefan Mychajliw's choice for Deputy Comptroller if they had the pleasure to know Doug Riffel. A CPA with over 30 years of professional experience, I got to know Doug with my involvement with the South Buffalo Soccer Club years ago. Doug had three children in our program and he was one of the parents you could always count on to support the club. Never a complainer, Doug would always lend a hand to any project we were involved in. And his attitude and work ethic were apparent in his children.
Unlike the South Buffalo politicians, who usually pick the guy sitting next to them at the corner bar, Mychajliw is choosing a non-political professional for this important appointment. Doug Riffel is not the type of guy who will lie to make his boss look good. If his boss wanted him to compromise his principles, I don't believe Doug would. When a fink gets a political appointment, I tell it like it is. So when a hard working person of integrity gets hired, I'm happy to speak highly of them. Good choice by Stefan, who appears to be doing his best to put the taxpayers ahead of the politicians at the Rath Building.