News Release - Leonard E. Redon Appointed as Rochester’s Deputy Mayor

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City of Rochester

News Release

(Wednesday, July 13, 2011) – Mayor Thomas S. Richards today appointed Leonard E. Redon, 59, as Deputy Mayor. Deputy Mayor Redon, who most recently served as Paychex, Inc. Vice President of Western Operations, will begin his role as Deputy Mayor immediately. At Paychex, Inc., Redon was responsible for $600 million in operations and had 2,500 people under his management. Deputy Mayor Redon was sworn in at a ceremony today in City Hall.

“Leonard Redon joining our team as Deputy Mayor is an outstanding addition to my administration, as he brings with him impressive credentials as a manager as well as a long record of community service,” said Mayor Richards. “We found the right person for this job. Len Redon has a history of success and operational excellence.”

“I am anxious to get to work with Mayor Richards and the outstanding group of individuals in his administration,” said Deputy Mayor Redon. “I have been a longtime advocate for this city and this is a great opportunity for me to contribute in a new and different way toward the betterment and advancement of Rochester.”

Deputy Mayor Redon joined Paychex in 2001 after a 28-year career at Eastman Kodak, where he held the titles of President of Qualex, Inc. (a Kodak company); President of Customer Equipment Services; Vice President of Government and Education Markets; Vice President of Markets Development, U.S. and Canada Region; Regional Vice President Midwest and Executive Assistant to the Chairman and President. His last position at Kodak was Director of Rochester Area Operations, Vice President Eastman Kodak.

Deputy Mayor Redon currently serves on the boards of the Finger Lakes Health System Agency, the George Eastman House Museum of Photography and Film and the Monroe Community College Foundation. He has served on many other local boards including the Center for Youth Services, the Otetiana Council Boy Scouts and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Deputy Mayor Redon also serves on the boards of Lifetime Healthcare, Inc., and Lifetime Homecare, Inc., but will resign the post as it may pose a conflict of interest as Deputy Mayor.

“Besides being a very successful businessman, Deputy Mayor Redon has a deep commitment to providing minorities and city youth access to quality education and has demonstrated that with his long service to Monroe Community College,” continued Mayor Richards. “Len Redon has a history of volunteer work and giving back to our community. In fact, I met Deputy Mayor Redon while we were working on a board together, and there is no questioning his commitment to improving Rochester.”

Deputy Mayor Redon graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., where he has served as a trustee at WPI for the last 18 years and was recently elected as a trustee emeritus. He is a goal-oriented leader and has demonstrated a keen ability to forge consensus from disparate points of view.

The City has been under financial pressure for a number of years and there is a premium on execution. To that point, Mayor Richards views the Deputy Mayor position as the organization’s chief operating officer. It will not be enough to keep doing things the same way and working harder. The new Deputy Mayor will be integral in changing the way things have always been done and the Mayor has been looking for someone with the background to help the City do this.

“Rather than keeping our head above water, we want to improve our procedures and advance our city,” Mayor Richards said. “Our new Deputy Mayor has the required balance of experience and attitude to do just that.”

Mayor Richards intends to start the new Deputy Mayor with fewer direct reports than the prior Deputy Mayor, and will eventually increase his areas of responsibility once he gets acclimated. The Department of Recreation and Youth Services and the Bureau of Human Resource Management will be included among the Deputy Mayor’s first direct reports.

Deputy Mayor Redon currently resides in Perinton, but is now searching for a residence in the city. His salary will be $130,000. He is married and has two children; a son in the Navy living in San Diego and a daughter who just graduated from St. John Fisher College.

Deputy Mayor Redon stayed behind after the news conference to meet with City employees and to visit his new office.


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