News Release - Mayor Warren Offers Condolences on the Passing of Leonard E. Redon

City of Rochester

News Release

(Tuesday, May 9, 2017) — “It is with a heart full of sorrow that I announce today that former Deputy Mayor Leonard E. Redon has passed away in Florida surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with cancer,” said Mayor Warren.

Len was sworn in as Deputy Mayor on July 13, 2011. After five years of significant contributions, serving under two mayors as the highest appointed official in City government, Len retired from the City on June 14, 2016.

“Len Redon was a great friend and co-worker and I extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends as well as to the host of community members who had the good fortune of knowing and working with him,” said Mayor Warren.

Len called his five years with the City an important item on his “bucket list,” which gave him a chance to “be involved in something significant.” As Deputy Mayor, Len was faithfully responsible for the important day-to-day operations of City Hall and helped to ensure City operations ran smoothly.

Len was an extremely intelligent and charismatic leader with a special acumen for business, management and consensus building. These traits propelled him to executive positions at Paychex, Inc. and Eastman Kodak Company before becoming Deputy Mayor.

Some of the important projects Len helped shepherd through City Hall included the adoption of the self-funded City-employee health insurance program, which realized millions of dollars in savings for city taxpayers. He was also instrumental to improvements in the City’s Departments of Finance and Information Technology.

Len’s deep commitment to Rochester extended beyond the walls of City Hall and he showed a particular interest in the areas of health care and youth development and served on numerous community boards.

Len was an accomplished sailor and musician. He loved to play guitar and sing with the BureauCats, a band made up of City employees.

He lived in Downtown Rochester and is survived by his wife, Denise, children Jason and Jennifer and their families.


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