News Release - Mayor Warren Makes RFD and Communications Appointments

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that she has appointed Will Jackson as chief of the Rochester Fire Department and Justin Roj as the Director of Communications and Special Events, effective Jan. 1. Carlet Cleare will begin work in the Communications Bureau on Jan. 2.

 “Will Jackson and Justin Roj both have long careers as dedicated public servants, and I look forward to working with both of them as we continue our efforts to create more jobs, safer/vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities,” said Mayor Warren.

Deputy Chief Jackson is a more than 20-year veteran of the RFD. He joined the department in 1996 and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2016, overseeing the Department’s training division. He has worked in the operations division, community outreach and recruitment. He will replace Chief John Schreiber, who is retiring after 30 years with the RFD. Chief Jackson’s appointment requires City Council confirmation.

“Chief Jackson has dedicated his career to the Rochester Fire Department and serving the residents of Rochester,” Mayor Lovely Warren said. “He regularly goes above and beyond, helping the Department become one of the very best in the country. Our firefighters are our city’s everyday heroes, each and every day risking their lives to protect ours. His appointment opens a new and exciting chapter for the Rochester Fire Department. I would also like to thank Chief Schreiber for his service and wish him well in retirement.”

 “I would like to thank Mayor Warren for having the confidence to promote me to Chief of the Rochester Fire Department. It is an honor and a privilege to lead Rochester’s bravest and most dedicated men and women, many of whom I have worked with in my 22 years in the Department. We will continue to provide the highest level of service to the residents of Rochester.”

Chief Jackson is a graduate of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Chief Officer Development Program, and the National Fire Academy.

He has received numerous awards and commendations. In 2013, he was recognized for saving a man trapped in a vehicle. In 2006, he helped save three children from a burning building. These are two of many, many examples of Jackson’s bravery and grace under pressure. He also has done extensive work outside the department, volunteering for the Pillars of Hope and VOA Camp Heroes program.  He serves on the Rochester Sister Cities Puerto Plata Firefighters Project, delivering surplus fire trucks and equipment to that impoverished community.

Mr. Roj served as Assistant Monroe County Executive; Deputy Director of Monroe County Environmental Services; and as a Deputy County Clerk. He also served as the government relations coordinator in the County Department of Communications and as a legislative director in the Monroe County Legislature. Most recently he was the Director of Operations at the Popli Design Group, an architecture and engineering firm.

“Justin has a wealth of experience in improving governmental operations,” Mayor Warren said. “He is a proven innovator who always has put the interests of the citizens he serves at the forefront of any tasks he takes on. I am thrilled to welcome Justin to our team here at City Hall.”

“I want to thank Mayor Warren for this opportunity to return to public service, which is my true passion,” said Mr. Roj. “I am excited to be part of all the great things that are happening in Rochester and playing a role in telling this city’s amazing story.”

Mr. Roj has a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business; and a Bachelor’s Degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He is married and has two children.

Mr. Roj will replace James Smith, who will become the Deputy Mayor.  He has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, many of them at the highest level of executive authority where he oversaw budgets in excess of $100 million and supervised more than 300 employees.

 Carlet Cleare will be joining the Communications Bureau as Associate Digital Communications Assistant. She was a broadcast journalist for more than 10 years, most recently at 13 WHAM television. Prior to that she worked at WXXI and R-News. She has a degree in journalism and communications from St. John Fisher College.

“Carlet has always had a passion for Rochester and has been telling the story of our community and its residents as a well-respected reporter at Channel 13,” said Mayor Warren.  “Having Carlet working in our communications department and telling our city and our residents’ stories now from City Hall is a great opportunity for both her and city government.”


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