Erie County Comptroller Stefan Iwan Mychajliw is the son of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants, the youngest of seven children, who grew up in blue-collar beginnings near the corner of William and Fillmore on the East Side of Buffalo.
Erie County’s “independent watchdog” has a lengthy career protecting taxpayers following his education at Syracuse University, in his role as an investigative journalist at WKBW-TV and WGRZ-TV in Buffalo.
His award-winning investigative reports uncovered numerous cases of fraud, waste, and abuse in Erie County government that lead to good government reforms that better served taxpayers.
To lead by example Comptroller Mychajliw’s first hard hitting review was of his own department: the Office of Erie County Comptroller. The top to bottom review revealed troubling inefficiencies. Numerous reforms were implemented to clean up the department, and a CPA was hired to lead the Audit Division for the first time since 1986.
The people of Erie County first elected 42-year-old Stefan I. Mychajliw Erie County Comptroller on November 6th, 2012 to complete the remaining year left on a vacated term. Comptroller Mychajliw won re-election to a full four-year term on November 5th, 2013. He is the proud father of 10-year-old Mia Theresa Mychajliw, a sixth-grade student.