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Dunkirk Town Board Members

The Town Board Meetings are normally scheduled for every third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. 

Current Dunkirk Town Board Members

Richard Purol, Supervisor
Supervisor Purol began his service to the Town of Dunkirk in 1980 as a member of the Planning Board.
  He served as the Planning Board Chairman from 1988 to April of 2000 and as a Zoning Board Member from 1985 until 2000 when he was appointed to be a Councilman.  After 4 years on the board, Supervisor Purol was appointed Deputy Supervisor in January of 2004. He was elected as Town Supervisor in November of 2005 and began his fourth term as Supervisor in January of 2018. 

During his tenure as Town Supervisor, Mr. Purol has served as Public Works Director and East Lake Road Sewer District Director, positions to which he was appointed in 2015.

He is currently the Co-Chairman of Chadwick Bay Regional Development and is a member of the North County Water District and the Joint Operations Group. 

A member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Company since 1972 he served as Fire Chief from 1983-1984 and is currently serving as the company’s financial secretary.

Supervisor Purol is a proud veteran of the Army and served from 1971-1975. He is active in the First United Methodist Church where he holds the position of Head Trustee.

He resides in Town of Dunkirk with his wife Bonnie.   He also has two children and four grandchildren who are residents of the Town.   

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Dr. G Jay Bishop, Councilman

G. Jay Bishop MD was first elected to the Town Council in 2015

He has been a Town of Dunkirk resident since 1999 and is presently employed by the UPMC health care system as a vascular medicine specialist with offices in Western New York and Northwestern PA.  He is the Division Chief of Vascular Medicine at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Hamot and serves the Medical Director for the Vascular Lab at the Heart and Vascular Institute and also the Regional Vascular Labs.

Originally from the Pittsburgh area, he proudly served his country as a medic in the United States Air Force and has lived in Western New York after doing his medical training in Pittsburgh since 1991. 

He presently chairs the Water and Sewer committee and is a member of the Planning and Zoning committee.

He is active at a national level serving on the Board of Trustees for the Society for Vascular Medicine, and is active in several local boards as well including Brooks Memorial Hospital, Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Dunkirk Lighthouse.  He has been active with local sports including ice hockey and coached the local Varsity High School hockey team to back to back New York State Championships recently.

Dr. Bishop lives in the Town with his wife Kimberly and son Jackson.  His older children reside in the neighboring village of Fredonia.  His hobbies including boating, hockey, and spending time with family.


Juan Pagan, Councilman
Juan Pagan has been a resident if the Town of Dunkirk for the past 34 years and has been serving as Town Councilman since 2009.
    He is the liaison to the Town Board for the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board.  

Having worked in the Steel Manufacturing industry Juan was involved with Safety and Health issues and served as Chairman and member of the Joint Safety and Health Committee.  He retired after 28 years of service as a member of the United Steelworkers of America.  

He was also employed at NRG for over 12 years until NRG mothballed its steam station in September of 2016.   

Juan has been involved with many community service organizations including various boards on the County level including the North County Industrial Water and Sewer Board.     He is a life member with the East Town of Dunkirk Fire Department where he has served for thirty years.  

Councilman Pagan resides in the Town with his wife of forty-one years, Bedsaida.


Robert Penharlow, Councilman
Robert Penharlow has been of Town of Dunkirk Councilman since 2007 and has served as the Deputy Supervisor since 2010.
  He is the Chairman of the Audit and Budget Committee and a member of the Personnel Committee. Robert is also a past Chairman of the Portland-Pomfret-Dunkirk Sewer District. 

Robert served on the Village of Fredonia Board of Trustees from 1968-19974 where he was on the Fire, Street, and Finance Committees and was Deputy Mayor.  He is a past President of the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Fredonia Rotary Club.

He was a member of the Fredonia Fire Department and is a life member of the Fredonia Exempt Fireman Association.

Robert has 38 years of experience in retail, wholesale, and auto parts business with NAPA and has been a New York licensed Real Estate Salesperson for 21 years.  He currently represents Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate. 

Robert served active duty in the US Army from 1953-1955.


Henry Walldorff, Councilman
Henry Walldorff has served as Town Councilman since 2008.  He graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1951. Furthering his education Henry attended Cornell University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1955. 

He served in the US Air Force as 1st Lieutenant from 1956-1959; he served overseas in England for 2 years.

Henry farmed apples, grapes, and poultry for Walldorff Farms Inc. for 24 years (1960-1984).

He married June Morse of Fredonia in August of 1960 and together they had three children:  Elizabeth, Andrew, and Rebecca.

Henry received his LPN certificate in 1988 through BOCES and worked as an LPN for Westfield Hospital from 1989-1997. He then worked for Hospice from 1997 until his retirement in 1998.  He was also an EMT for 43 years.

A 58 year member of Fredonia Baptist Church, Henry has held his position as treasurer since 1998.  He has been on 19 Christian Mission trips to 5 foreign countries.

Henry is a 67 year member of the West Dunkirk Fire Company where he has held all leadership positions including his current position as treasurer which he has held for 35 years.