Wendel announces appointment of new executive assistant

Pictured above from left, PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive, and James Feldmann, new Executive Assistant in the Chautauqua County Executive’s Office.

MAYVILLE — County Executive PJ Wendel has appointed James Feldmann as his executive assistant effective July 27.

Feldmann served as a field director for Tom Reed for Congress in 2018, 2019, and 2020, where he managed the campaign offices in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. He also served as a campaign assistant for George Borrello for State Senate in 2019. Most recently, he served a manager at Sunset Bay Beach Club in Irving.

“It is my pleasure to announce James Feldmann as my executive assistant,” said Wendel. “He has an extensive background in public relations and his strong leadership and communication skills make him a welcoming addition to my team.”

Feldmann fills the vacancy left by former executive assistant Daniel Heitzenrater, who resigned in July to become the new president and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.

“I am honored to join County Executive Wendel’s team,” Feldmann said. “I look forward to working with county department heads, employees and the people of Chautauqua County.”

Feldmann graduated from Silver Creek Central School and earned his bachelor’s degree in history at the State University at Fredonia.


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