After years of dedicated service to the City of Rochester, City Manager Blaine Cox officially announced his retirement, effective July 6, 2023.
Cox, who has been with the City of Rochester since 2010, has had a distinguished career as a public servant, leaving the City much stronger financially than when he arrived. As City Manager, he was instrumental in fostering the current economic resurgence, especially in the downtown area, and oversaw the building of the new Public Works facility on Chestnut Hill Road. Throughout his tenure, he has been a strong advocate for Rochester and its residents and businesses, always putting their needs first.
“It is with mixed emotions that I inform you of my intent to retire from my position as City Manager for the City of Rochester,” said Cox in a letter to staff. “Working with all of you and my service to the City of Rochester has been the highlight of my professional career. If I have been successful in my time here, it is because of you. I have been surrounded by the most talented and hard-working coworkers and colleagues I have ever worked with. In addition, the Rochester community is the most generous and supportive community I have ever worked in. Rochester is truly a special place. As a result, I have many fond memories and proud accomplishments. However, it is time to let the city benefit from new leadership, new ideas and a fresh perspective.”
Cox went on to say that his decision to retire was a personal one, based on his desire to spend more time with his family and pursue new professional challenges. He expressed his appreciation to his staff for allowing him the “privilege of serving alongside them”.
Mayor Paul Callaghan expressed his gratitude for Cox’s service, stating, “Blaine Cox has been an exceptional City Manager and a true asset. His tireless dedication to our community has made a lasting impact, to say it lightly. We will miss him and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
The City of Rochester has not yet named a replacement City Manager. An announcement regarding the process will be released at a later time.