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Smith named director of communications

Mayor Lovely A. Warren today announced James P. Smith as the next director of Communications for the city of Rochester.

“I am very pleased to add James Smith to my team in City Hall,” Warren said in a release. “James’ background and experience are tailor made for this important job and his reputation for working inclusively and across party lines are in keeping with my philosophy as mayor.”

Smith previously served as Monroe County Communications director in Jack Doyle’s administration. He has also served as executive director of the Monroe County Water Authority, deputy Monroe County executive and is currently the Seneca County manager.

“I am eager and excited to join Mayor Warren and her team at City Hall,” Smith said. “I have always tried to be both a team builder and a bridge builder. I look forward to making the great team in the Communications Bureau even stronger and to helping the mayor continue to build bridges in every segment of our community.”

Smith will begin his new position on Jan. 12, 2015.