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Veterans Outreach Center selects new executive director

Rochester Business Journal
March 3, 2014

Veterans Outreach Center Inc. has tapped Greece Police Department Chief Todd Baxter as its executive director of programs and services, the non-profit announced Monday.

Baxter is leaving the police department and will begin in his new post on April 2.

John Batiste, member of the board, said the search committee was impressed with Baxter's combination of military and civilian experience as well as his strong leadership and strategic vision.

“We are delighted that Chief Baxter has accepted this position," said Patricia Marks, the organization's current executive director. "His mix of strong leadership, military experience and compassion for veterans and families will lead this organization in a steady and excellent direction as our veterans continue to return home to this region, now and for years to come.”

Baxter is a 26-year veteran of law enforcement, including 22 years with the Rochester Police Department and four as chief in Greece. He also served three years of active duty with the Army, and continued his military service with the U.S. Army Reserves for another 19 years before retiring in 2005.

Baxter said after serving with and training thousands of sworn officers and military service members, he learned firsthand the challenges returning veterans and their families face in the reintegration and adjustment process.

“I spent 22 years in the U.S. Army. I have lost friends and have seen many others broken. This background has given me a passion towards the mission of helping our veterans and their families,” Baxter said.

Baxter added he is humbled by the opportunity to lead the organization.

"We will do all we can to assist our veterans in securing the benefits and services they have earned, obtaining proper housing, job-readiness training and meaningful employment," he said. "The future success at Veterans Outreach Center will be built on our mission to serve veterans and their families, and focused on the effectiveness and efficiencies of our work. I look forward to collaborating with many in our community who share this vision to serve those who have served and given so much towards our freedom and secure way of life.”

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