Larry Sorel, zoo director, will retire from his employment with Monroe County on April 27 after a 21-year career with Seneca Park Zoo.
Larry Staub, parks director for Monroe County, will assume the duties of zoo director to ensure its continued operation through the ongoing zoo renovation project, effective April 28.
“On behalf of residents and families across our community, I thank Larry Sorel for his dedicated service to our zoo for the past two decades,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive. “From adding exciting new features like our ‘Step into Africa’ exhibit, to bringing beloved new animals like our snow leopards, to launching our ongoing, transformational expansion project at the zoo, Larry has made an indelible mark on the institution he loved and served well for so long. I know that Larry has some exciting plans for his retirement years, and I wish him all the best moving forward.
“In the meantime, I have full confidence that Parks Director Larry Staub has the ability, experience and expertise needed to see our zoo through this critical phase in its history. Our ongoing zoo expansion project is a $13.5 million investment that will support more than 200 jobs during the construction period and, when completed, will help us attract even more visitors and jobs to our community in the years to come. I thank Larry for his commitment to Monroe County, and for assuming this significant responsibility.”
In assuming the dual roles of parks director and zoo director through the completion of the renovation project, Staub will not receive an increase in compensation.