Rochester Corporation Counsel Tim Curtin leaving position in July

Updated: April 02, 2021 05:11 PM
Created: April 02, 2021 03:14 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The City of Rochester Friday announced its Corporation Counsel Tim Curtin will leave his position and return to private practice in July.

Curtin has served as the city’s corporation counsel since January of 2018 after serving as deputy corporation counsel from 2015 to 2018, and bond counsel from 1994 to 2015.

He also served as bond counsel of the Rochester Housing Authority and the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency.

This comes after the Rochester City Council called last week for Curtin to be fired after its independent investigation into the Daniel Prude case concluded he knowingly made false claims about the Prude incident.

City Council's investigation report released last month found "When Mr. Curtin learned a few days later that (municipal attorney) Ms. Prince had mailed the BWC footage to Mr. Shields, he expressed upset, questioning Ms. Prince's judgment, and stating that the 'City will burn' and 'we will all lose our jobs' once the footage became public."

Mayor Lovely Warren issued the following statement Friday afternoon:

“Tim Curtin left a highly successful and lucrative law practice in New York, to return to Rochester and work in City Hall because he wanted to invest some of his time and talent in public service,” said Mayor Lovely Warren.  “Tim’s expertise as a long time ‘Bond Counsel,’ whose private law practice worked extensively within the financial sphere, was invaluable to our city, particularly as we were navigating the difficult waters related to bonding in the wake of the city school district’s recent fiscal crisis.  Tim Curtin’s leadership, along with other members of the City’s Finance and Budget team, helped us successfully emerge from that challenge as evidenced by the recent positive affirmations we received from Wall Street’s rating agencies.  I thank him for his service to our citizens and wish him much future happiness.”

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