Jason Kennedy to run Perinton DPW

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 10:33am

Jason Kennedy was pleasantly surprised when he got a call from the Town of Perinton about being the new Commissioner of Public Works and Highway Superintendent.

“I’m thrilled, this is a dream job,’’ the 48-year-old said. “This is a once in a career opportunity for me."

Kennedy took over the job August 20. Eric Williams, who wants to spend more time with his family, goes back to his previous job as Assistant to the Commissioner.

“I’m very excited to bring on someone of Jason’s talents and skills,” said Town of Perinton Supervisor Mike Barker. “The Perinton Public Works Department is renowned for its professionalism and I know Jason will be a great fit to lead that department.”

Kennedy, a Perinton resident, was previously the Deputy Director of Environmental Services for Monroe County. Kennedy and his wife Karren will celebrate 19 years of marriage in October. Their son Riley is 16.

“Perinton is a great place to raise a family," Kennedy said. I'm very fortunate to have this opportunity to stay so close to home, and work just down the street from them (family."

Kennedy worked for Monroe County for 20 years. He started in May 1998 as an Engineer in their Pure Waters program. He managed the planning, design and construction of wastewater collection and treatment system and drainage projects for Pure Waters and the county’s Parks Department.

He was promoted in 2001 to Associate Engineer in the Pure Waters program where, among other things, he negotiated four inter-municipal agreements for sewer service with three county villages and four towns.

In 2010, he was promoted to Chief of Engineering and Facilities Management and in 2016 he was named Deputy Director of Environmental Services.

In this position, he managed 50 employees, a $20 million annual operating budget and $100 million of capital projects for various county departments. Among many other projects, Kennedy managed an engineering group responsible for capital project delivery for several county departments, including major process improvements to two wastewater treatment plants, various pump stations and collection system infrastructure for Pure Waters as well as the county's Hall of Justice Courthouse, Civic Center Complex, Children’s Detention Center, Fleet Center, Frontier Field, and Monroe Community College Downtown Campus.

Kennedy has been a member of the Monroe County Planning Board, Capital Improvement Program Review Committee, Parks Advisory Committee, Green Building & Infrastructure Review Team, Contract Document Review Committee, and the American Council of Engineering Companies Public Private Partnership Committee.

“I have nothing but gratitude for the county,’’ Kennedy said. “But I'm excited to serve the folks that live in Perinton, my adopted hometown."

Kennedy received an Associate of Science degree in Architectual Engineering Technology/Technician from Alfred State in 1990.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology/Technician from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1993.

Kennedy is happy that Williams will be right by his side in Perinton.

“It will help me significantly,’’ Kennedy said. “No job is easy, but he will make the transition easier. I'm happy for him and his family and I respect his decision. I'm looking forward to working with him and the entire DPW staff.