Previously, Muhammad had been the commissioner of parks, recreation and youth programs in Syracuse.
“Baye Muhammad will bring his expertise, enthusiasm and experience to bear in our mission to bring more jobs, and more vibrant neighborhoods to our city,” Mayor Warren stated. “I am excited to work with Commissioner Muhammad as part of our already strong team in NBD to tackle some of the greatest issues challenging our city. A large part of NBD is working with citizens, stakeholders and other levels of government to effect positive change, and I believe Baye has the traits and energy needed to make that happen.”
Warren said Muhammad will replace Delmonize Smith in the position. Smith, a former Rochester Institute of Technology business professor, left the post in February in order to take a position at Alabama A&M University.
Since Smith’s departure, Kate Washington has been acting as interim commissioner. Warren said the two will now be the office’s senior management team.
“The mayor is really focused on the areas of education, jobs and safer streets,” Muhammad said. “So, my focus will be on the jobs, the development of better neighborhoods, and creating a more vibrant downtown.”
In addition, “Baye Muhammad will be a strong addition to the Warren Administration,” stated Assemblyman David Gantt. “I’ve worked with Baye for a number of years; he is a community-centered leader who will be an advocate for neighborhoods for the benefit of all residents and businesses.”
“I applaud Mayor Lovely Warren’s decision to appoint Baye Muhammad as commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development,” said Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle. “Mr. Muhammad’s extensive record of public service and community engagement will be a great asset to the Warren Administration, and the city of Rochester. I look forward to working with him as we seek to further strengthen our economy, and secure a brighter future for all who call Rochester home.”
According to the city, Muhammad also previously worked for the New York State Senate, as an upstate director and as a regional director. In addition, he has also worked for the US Job Corps.
Muhammad received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.
He will be paid $126,725 per year in the position, and will take the post in April, provided city council approves the appointment.