A New Voice for Amherst

Mike Szukala was appointed as County’s first Medicaid Inspector General on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

Mr. Szukala is a Certified Internal Auditor with more than 28 years of governmental accounting and auditing experience and, most recently, has served as the Erie County Deputy Comptroller-Audit from 2006 through September of 2012.

Under his leadership, the Comptroller’s Audit Division was molded into an inspector-general type organization that has completed more than 60 audits and reviews identifying more than $30 million in tax dollar savings. In 2007, the Division was awarded the Association of Local Government Auditors’ prestigious Bronze Knighton Award for excellence within the governmental auditing profession for an audit of the Erie County Holding Center and Correctional facility. Erie County is the only New York State municipality to ever win the award, and has been nominated seven (7) additional times.

Additionally, Mr. Szukala implemented the Erie County Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Tip Line, which has responded to more than 300 anonymous tips from taxpayers since 2008, and has acted as Secretary to the Erie County Audit Committee, the Charter-mandated board tasked with selecting the County’s external auditor and reporting on the implementation of recommendations.

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