Paula Metzler was elected Town Councilwoman on November 3, 2009 and re-elected on November 5, 2013. She has served as Deputy Supervisor under Supervisor LaFountain. She currently chairs the Public Works Committee and is the liaison to Penfield Town Court, the Conservation Board, Historic Preservation Board, Zoning Board and Watershed Management Committee.
A Penfield native and third generation resident, Paula is a graduate of Penfield High School (Class of 1986), the University of Rochester and Boston College Law School. Paula is currently employed as a Deputy County Attorney for the County of Monroe, acting as counsel to the Department of Human Services. As Deputy County Attorney, she handles a variety of legal matters, including daycare subsidy fraud, guardianship cases as well as protecting the interest of taxpayers in seeking and recovering reimbursement for monies expended on public assistance and Medicaid.
Prior to her appointment as Deputy County Attorney, Paula was employed by the New York State Office of Court Administration as Counsel to the New York Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions, a distinguished committee of judges, retired judges, court personnel and attorneys which researches and publishes the pattern criminal jury instructions used in all state, county, town, village and city courts. She is a former member of the faculty of the New York Judicial Institute where she was a frequent lecturer to judges and attorneys on matters related to jury trials and criminal law topics.
Paula is dedicated to serving her community. After graduating from law school in 1993, Paula returned to her hometown of Penfield. She became a counselor in the Family Violence Program at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SPCC, now the Society for the Protection and Care of Children), providing intervention services, counseling and advocacy for children from violent homes. While at SPCC, Paula was a member of the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium as well as the New York State Crime Victims Board Advisory Council.
In January, 1995, Paula was appointed confidential Law Clerk to the Hon. Patricia D. Marks, Supervising Judge of the Criminal Courts for the Seventh Judicial District. She later was named Principal Court Attorney, a title she held until the birth of her daughter in 2000. As Principal Court Attorney, Paula researched and analyzed civil and criminal legal issues at both trial and appellate levels. She was responsible for drafting legal opinions and advisory memoranda, monitoring the court calendar and case management, investigating administrative concerns, holding case conferences for civil and criminal matters and advising Judge Marks on issues in court.
After the birth of her daughter, Paula resigned from her clerkship with Judge Marks. She entered private practice with Evans and Fox, LLP in Brighton. While at Evans and Fox, her practice involved civil litigation, landlord-tenant matters, employment law, elder law, collections law and real estate matters.
Paula is a trained mediator, and is one of only 25 mediators in the United States selected to be an arbitrator for disputes involving the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. In this capacity, she presides over complex matters and works with mediators to resolve such matters. She also is called upon to mediate disputes and differences within congregations across the country, assisting churches with the goal of consensus building, problem solving and reconciliation.
Paula is an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Penfield, having served on the Church Council as congregational Vice-Chairperson, as a Sunday School teacher, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Faith Child Care and Nursery School. She is also a member of AutismUp, an organization that supports individuals with autism and their families by enriching lives while providing greater opportunities in greater Rochester and surrounding areas. Paula can often be found at the lacrosse field, cheering on her daughter and the Penfield Patriots.
Being the mother of a son with special needs, Paula has been honored to participate in the New York Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, a five mile run from the Gates Police Department to the Liberty Pole in Downtown Rochester, running alongside local law enforcement personnel and Special Olympians. She also is a supporter of and volunteer with the PirateToy Fund, a local organization dedicated to providing toys to hospitalized children and those with special needs.
Paula is widowed, having been married to attorney Eric J. Metzler, a partner at the law firm of Chamberlain, D’Amanda, Oppenheimer and Greenfield, until his sudden passing in September, 2011. She resides on Hillrise Drive with her children, Casey and David.