Working for Rochester...Working For You
Former Monroe County Legislator Willie Joe Lightfoot represented the 27 th District, which includes Rochester’s 19th Ward neighborhood, the Greater Rochester International Airport, and Genesee Valley Park. Willie was appointed to the Monroe County Legislator in 2006. He was termed out after three consecutive terms, doing a total of 10 years of service. He is the son of Theresa Thompson and The Late Honorable Willie Walker Lightfoot who was the 25th District County Legislator for over 20 years. Willie was the ranking Democrat on the Public Safety Committee and also served on the Human Services Committee. Mr. Lightfoot along with his wife Verdina have four adult children and three grandchildren.
A lifelong resident of the City of Rochester, Willie often refers to himself as “Home Grown”. Willie has had a long history of civic service. He is a 12-year Veteran of the United States Air force. He has served in two wars, Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. Willie also currently works for the City of Rochester Fire Department. He holds the position of Senior Fireman at Truck 4. Willie is a Peer Reviewer for the Federal Government and reads and evaluates Federal Grants written all over the United States. Willie is a 2005 graduate of the African American Leadership Development Program. Willie is also a 2007 graduate of Leadership Rochester. Willie sat on the following boards, Center for Dispute Settlement, Jefferson Avenue Childhood Development, and His Branches Board. Willie also was appointed to the Monroe County Airport Authority Board and the Monroe County Fire Advisory Board. Willie is also the founder of the Cut The Violence Initiative, which helps curb teen violence in the Rochester area. Willie has numerous community awards and recognitions. Willie & Verdina are proud 19 Ward association members.
Willie is the owner of a Real Estate Investment company called OHAD, LLC. He is the developer of a 4500 square foot multi-purpose building called LIGHTFOOT SQUARE. Willie is also a NYS licensed Barber and a NYS Barber Examiner. He owns and operates his own Unisex shop called New Creations Unisex shop. Mr. Lightfoot is an ordained Elder and works with the youth at his home church Prayer House Church of God By Faith. He has two Associates from Monroe Community College for Business Administration and the other from the Community College of the Air Force for Fire Science. He also holds a Bachelors degree from Empire State College. Willie is also the Founder and President of UPBCA, United Professional Barbers and Cosmetologist Association. The association was created to support small business and to provide benefits to barbers and cosmetologist in Monroe County. Willie loves to read, listening to music and traveling with his family. He is a proud Rochester native, who is often referred to as Rochester’s’ Son. Everybody knows Willie, and everyone knows Willie is working for you.