City Council President Loretta C. Scott, At-Large

 Scott Loretta 2018 Meet

Loretta C. Scott
City Council President
(585) 482-0407 (Home)
Mailing Address:
30 Church Street, Room 301-A
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 428-7538 (Office)

Loretta Scott was first elected to the Rochester City Council on November 4, 2009. She was elected to serve a four-year term as one of five at-large Councilmembers. In January 2014, she began a second term and was chosen by her colleagues to lead the council as President. As the President, she makes all committee member and chair assignments, serves on all formal and ad-hoc committees and presides over Council meetings.

Loretta has extensive experience in the public, not-for profit and private sectors. She served with the City of Rochester for 30 years in a number of progressively responsible positions. She retired as Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services in 2005. As Commissioner she was responsible for the administration and operation of a major City department with a budget in excess of $21 million and a staff of nearly 400 full and part-time employees.

Under Loretta’s leadership, the first ever Forestry Master Plan was developed to guide the management of Rochester’s award winning urban forest. Management and master plans were developed and implemented for the City’s aquatic programs and facilities, R-Centers and Mt. Hope Cemetery. The plans guided significant investments that increased access, service improvements and enhanced overall operations.

Loretta has been active in the community for many years and is well known for her efforts to ensure access to service and opportunities for the economically disadvantaged, especially children. Loretta has participated as a founding member of cutting edge initiatives such as the African American Leadership Development Program, the Greater Rochester After School Alliance, and the New Futures (academic development) Initiative.  Loretta is past chair of the boards of directors for Action for a Better Community, Inc. and Anthony L. Jordan Health Center.  Additional past and present board service also includes the United Way Services Corporation, the Rochester Black Business Association and Alternatives for Battered Women.  She is an active member of Baber AME Church. 

Loretta is also an entrepreneur. She and husband Timothy recently celebrated the 16 year anniversary of their thriving commercial janitorial services company.

She is a native of Dothan, Alabama, but has resided in Rochester for more than forty years and considers it her home. As a mother of two adult children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren – all of whom live in Rochester, she is passionate about her commitment to helping Rochester become a world class mid-size city in which to live, work and raise a family.

Loretta holds a B.S. Degree from SUNY Empire State College.