The district manager of Community Board 4 recently announced his resignation from the position.
Jose Rodriguez, CB4’s DM for nearly the last eight years, made his announcement early this month.
Rodriguez, who was appointed in 2008, informed the community board that he would be leaving the position to pursue another career opportunity in the Bronx.
He has not yet disclosed the job position that he will take once he finishes his tenure as DM.
Rodriguez also did not confirm which day will be his last at the board, although he expects it to take place sometime at the end of November.
Now that he is in his last month, Rodriguez has had time to reflect on his experiences during his term.
“During my time with the board, I learned three principles – expect more than others think is possible, dream more than others think is practical and risk more than others think is safe,” said Rodriguez, who has spent his whole life living in the Bronx, including areas of Co-op City, Parkchester and currently Morris Park. “This change is bittersweet, because I have received so much support from this board as well as the community and I will miss everybody very much. However, I am also looking forward to this new opportunity along with other opportunities that will follow.”
It is clear that CB4 will miss Jose’s leadership.
“I hope he cancels his resignation,” joked CB4 chairwoman Kathleen Saunders, who knows that his departure is inevitable. “He was involved in so many fun community activities and positive programs for the area, such as Movie Night and Family Day.”
“It will definitely be a loss for our community and the board, but over these last eight years, he has been a real pleasure to work with and I certainly wish him well in the future.”
Saunders, who has been the board’s chairwoman for the last ten years, said that CB4 will not begin looking for a new DM until after his last day, when they will begin to review resumes for potential candidates.
Rodriguez was the board’s fourth DM, after Margarita Hunt held the position for over 20 years and David Mojica was DM from 2005-07. Herbert Samuels was the first DM in the board’s history.