Jason Kennedy was named the new commissioner of public works and highway superintendent for the town of Perinton.
“I’m thrilled, this is a dream job,’’ said Kennedy. “This is the perfect opportunity for me. Something like this doesn’t come up more than one time in a career. I’m thrilled and flattered.”
Kennedy took over the job Aug. 20. Eric Williams, who wanted to spend more time with his family, will go 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.
“It is super important, and I’m very fortunate, to stay so close to home,” said Kennedy. “Perinton is a great place to raise a family. To get a job closer to them (family), just down the street, is great.”
Kennedy worked for Monroe County for 20 years. He started in May 1998 as an engineer in charge of their Pure Waters program. He managed the planning, design and construction of the wastewater collection 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 the Monroe County 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,’’ said Kennedy. “A couple of times in the past 25 years of being an engineer, I have stopped and thought about the future and where I want to be. No formal plans, just a halftime pause now and then. I’ll be happy to serve the folks that live in Perinton. I get to do this in my adopted town.”
Kennedy received an Associate of Science in architectural engineering technology/technician from Alfred State in 1990.
He received a Bachelor of Science 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,’’ said Kennedy. “No job is easy, but he will make my transition easier. No. 1, I’m happy for him. It is a good decision for him and important for him and his family. I respect him for doing that. I can’t wait to get the opportunity to work with him and the entire DPW staff. I really can appreciate the value of being surrounded by good qualified people. It is going to make my transition that much better.”