Paychex, the Rochester-based payroll company through which state Independence Party founder Tom Golisano made his fortune, just announced that Golisano’s successor, Jonathan Judge, has resigned his post as president and CEO to pursue “other interests.”

Judge, who has been with Paychex since October 2004, will depart at the end of the month, but will complete his term as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

An executive committee has been formed to lead the company. Members include: Delbert Humenik, senior vice president of sales and marketing; John M. Morphy, senior vice president, chief financial officer, and secretary; and Martin Mucci, senior vice president of operations.

Golisano, who is in retirement and makes his primary residence in Florida (to escape NYS taxes, he says) and the Paychex board will provide oversight for the committee while the search for a new CEO is conducted.

“Jon joined Paychex as my successor, bringing with him experience and qualifications gained during his 25-year career with IBM,” said Golisano in a press release.

“During his tenure with Paychex, Jon guided our company’s revenue growth from $1.4 billion in fiscal 2005 to $2.0 billion in 2010. He also strengthened our management practices, oversaw key technology advances for our payroll and HR offerings, and led our successful entry into the health and benefits business.”

“We thank Jon for his leadership over the last six years and wish him well as he pursues new interests.”

Golisano, who spent some $93 million on three unsuccessful campaigns for governor (1994, 1998 and 2002), switched his enrollment in October 2005, sparking speculation that he would try to run a fourth time to challenge Democrat Eliot Spitzer, with whom the Paychex billionaire didn’t get along.

Ultimately, Golisano took a pass on the race, preferring instead to form a PAC, Responsible New York, that has tried to influence legislative contests, particularly in Western New York, with the influence of his longtime political advisor, the controversial former Erie County Democratic Chairman Steve Pigeon.

Golisano played a role in the Senate coup last year, saying his efforts were due in part to the fact that then-Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith has disrespected him by BlackBerrying during a meeting. Golisano continues to maintain his interests in New York, particularly through his ownership of the Buffalo Sabres, but more or less leave the political decisions up to Pigeon, as far as I can tell.

This year, the state Independence Party has tapped Democratic AG Andrew Cuomo to be its standard-bearer in the governor’s race – a contest in which the party must win at least 50,000 votes in order to maintain its ballot line. Cuomo accepted the party’s nod despite the fact that it remains in the crosshairs of the Manhattan DA’s office in the John Haggerty/Mayor Bloomberg contribution mess.