New deputy mayor begins duties

A former police official returned to work in Rochester last month as the new deputy mayor.

Cedrik Alexander, who led the Rochester Police Department as deputy chief and interim chief from 2002-05, began his new role April 24, according to information from city officials.

Prior to moving back to Rochester, Alexander was working as the deputy chief operating officer and director of public safety for DeKalb County, Ga. In that position, he oversaw operations of the county’s police and fire departments, the medical examiner’s office, animal control and emergency communications.

Alexander, who earned a doctorate degree in clinical psychology, also was one of 11 police professionals to serve on President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which provided guidance on improving police-community relations.

He replaced R. Carlos Carballada, who has been deputy mayor since June of 2016, following the retirement of Leonard Redon. Carballada will continue to work in the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development.

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