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Mayor-elect Warren to retain Redon as deputy mayor

Rochester Business Journal
December 13, 2013

Rochester Mayor-elect Lovely Warren announced the first selections for her administration Friday, including Deputy Mayor Leonard Redon continuing to serve in that post.

Redon has been deputy mayor since July 2011. He previously was vice president of western operations for Paychex Inc. and an executive for 28 years at Eastman Kodak Co.

The list of seven appointees includes Lisa Bobo, another holdover from Mayor Thomas Richards’ administration. Bobo will be chief information officer after serving as chief technology officer since May 2012.

Jeremy Cooney, vice president of development for the YMCA of Greater Rochester Inc., will serve as Warren’s chief of staff. A former litigation attorney, Cooney has 10 years’ experience in public affairs, including as an aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton. Like Warren, Cooney is a past Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 honoree.

Allen Williams, chief financial officer at Brown & Hutchinson LLP law firm, has been appointed director of special projects. He serves on Monroe Community College’s board of trustees and previously served on the Rochester City School District board of education.

Two members of the current administration will assume new roles when Warren is sworn in next month.

Norman Jones will become commissioner for the Department of Environmental Services and Marisol Ramos-Lopez will serve as commissioner of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services.

Jones is director of the Bureau of Operations and Parks, and has worked in the environmental services department for 28 of his 30 years with the city. Ramos-Lopez most recently served as an administrator for the city’s service centers and has been a city employee since 1997.

Christine Christopher, the spokeswoman for Warren’s mayoral campaign, will become the city’s director of communications.

Also on Friday, Fire Chief Salvatore Mitrano III announced his retirement after 12 months on the job and 26 years as a member of the Rochester Fire Department.

(c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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