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Penfield Elected Officials

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Penfield Town Supervisor

Jeff Leenhouts

Jeff is an active community leader whose career has focused on finance, as a financial advisor and project manager. He has worked with Smith Barney, RBC Wealth Management, Home Leasing, and Home Properties, and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College.

He is a volunteer with several organizations and charities, with board positions having included Penfield Little League, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America's Seneca Waterways Council, Center for Youth, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Rochester Regional Health Foundation, Rochester Rotary Club, and Rochester Police Foundation. Leenhouts’ professional and community work has equipped him with extensive experience in engaging stakeholders and building consensus around challenging issues. He has led development projects to successful completion, managing diverging interests, while building relationships and celebrating positive outcomes in a timely manner. 

Leenhouts believes the Town of Penfield has helped shape the person he’s become. Penfield is where he and his wife and four children have celebrated all their holidays and the Penfield town streets are where his kids learned to ride their bikes and then drive their cars. His neighbors are friends, teachers, classmates, and teammates. For the Leenhouts family, Penfield is forever a part of their story and their deepest sense of home. 

Penfield Town Board

Bob Ockenden

The Penfield Town Board appointed Robert “Bob” Ockenden to fill an open board position a its Organizational Meeting on January 2. With this appointment, he will complete the term of Paula Metzler, who was elected to the position of Penfield Town Justice in 2019. 


Bob has served as the district administrator for the Pittsford Fire District for the past 19 years; prior to that, he served as station manager. Bob also worked for the City of Rochester as a 911 Center emergency dispatcher and for the Pittsford Fire Equipment Corporation as a sales representative and repair technician. Additionally, he has been active with the Penfield Fire District as a volunteer for more than 37 years


He is a fourth generation Penfield family member, he knows our community well and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position. As a fire district administrator, he is experienced with municipal operations as well as managing and budgeting tax revenue.

Candace Lee 

Candace Lee is the first Asian American to be elected as Town Councilwoman for Penfield and will begin her four-year term in 2022. She is eager to encourage bipartisan participation on various issues for the benefit of all residents and increase government accessibility and inclusion.


Councilwoman Lee is Chair of the Public Works Committee, in which she works closely with Supervisor Cinti on budgetary matters. She also serves as liaison to the following boards and committees: Community TV, Justice Courts, and Penfield Little League.


Councilwoman Lee earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, and her B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She is admitted to practice law in New York and California. She is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association and continues to serve on its Ethics Committee.


Councilwoman Lee resides on Browncroft Blvd with her husband and five children.

Penfield Town Clerk

Penfield Town Judges

James P. Mulley Jr.

Has served as Penfield Town Justice since November 3, 2009. He is employed as Executive Assistant, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department assisting the presiding justice in the management of court activities in a twenty-two county... See More

Monroe County Legislators

Amy Steklof, RMC/CMC

Has served as Penfield Town Clerk since her appointment in April 2009 and was elected to a four-year term on November 3, 2009 and to her second four-year term November 2013. Amy is a lifelong Penfield resident and graduate of Penfield High School ...See More

Paula Metzler

Paula Metzler was elected Town Justice on November 5, 2019. Prior to taking the bench, Paula was a Penfield Town Councilwoman (2009-2019).

A third generation Penfield resident, Paula is a graduate of Penfield High School, the University of Rochester and Boston College Law School. Paula is also a Deputy Monroe County Attorney, where she practices in County, Supreme and Surrogate’s Courts. She is counsel to the Department of Human Services, focusing on cases related to public assistance and Medicaid eligibility, fraud, guardianships, and financial recovery from lawsuits and estate matters. See More...

Paul Dondorfer

Paul was elected to the Monroe County Legislature in November 2019. He represents the 9th Legislative District, which includes most of the town of Penfield. Paul serves as a member of the Public Safety Committee and is an Assistant Minority Leader. 


Frank Ciardi

Monroe County Legislator Frank Ciardi represents the 15th Legislative District which consists of portions of Webster and the northwest portion of Penfield. Frank was elected in November 2023 and commenced his service in January 2024. 

In 2004, Paul returned to Monroe County to join the Rochester Police Department as a police officer. During this time, he was responsible for handling emergency calls for service as well as serving arrest warrants, drug warrants, addressing street level drug sales and quality of life issues in his assigned area. His experience in the field led him to be promoted in 2018 to Police Investigator, where he has a multitude of responsibilities including the preparation of criminal cases to be presented to a grand jury and eventual trial.

Outside of his career in law enforcement, Paul has also served as Deputy Director for the Irondequoit Volunteer Ambulance and the former chapter manager for the Badge of Honor Association, which is an organization that helps support the families of fallen police officers. With over 19 years in law enforcement, Paul offers a range of leadership skills and community involvement that he can bring with him into proudly serving the residents of Penfield.

Paul and his wife, Bobbi Jo, reside in Penfield with their son Antonio.

Paul Dondorfer has served the Monroe County community for the majority of his life. Having been raised in Monroe County, Paul has always felt devotion to the community and serving the residents of our area. After studying fire protection technology at Monroe Community College, Paul briefly left the area to pursue his career as a police officer in New York City.

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