Rochester City Hall confirmed to us on Tuesday that Cedric Alexander will be stepping down from his position as deputy mayor in January 2019.
Speaking Tuesday, Mayor Warren said Alexander is retiring to care for his mother.
Mayor Warren said, “He’s been a great asset, a great friend, and I hate to see him go. But I do realize that family comes first. And having an aging parent is something that makes people consider what is most important.”
The mayor refused to address accusations of past misconduct brought against Alexander, reported by watchdog group “Rochester for All,” dismissing them as rumors.
“They’re rumors and that’s it,” said Mayor Warren. “They are unfounded rumors and I think that is very important to note. I think disparaging anyone’s character without any having any facts. And I think that we need to be very, very careful about putting things out there that are being insinuated or not true.”
Now, Warren says her director of communications James Smith will now take over as deputy mayor.
“James Smith brings a wealth of knowledge in organizational management and structure,” she added. “He brings extensive knowledge of government.”
Alexander has been with the city for less than two years as deputy mayor after serving as the director of public safety in DeKalb County, Georgia. Before that, he served as Rochester police chief from 2002 to 2005.
Outside of his work with the city, Alexander is also often a guest on CNN and other network news, discussing issues of race and police enforcement.