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Bill Bratton to Leave NYPD: It Is Now Time For Me to Move On

(DNAINFO) August 2, 2016 — NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton will step down and take an undisclosed job in the private sector, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

The move came as a surprise to many New Yorkers, and even officials within the NYPD. Although Bratton told de Blasio about his intention to retire back on July 8, the decision was kept under wraps until Tuesday morning.

“In September, Commissioner Bratton will retire from the NYPD,” the mayor said at a noon press conference.

It was Bratton’s second stint as police commissioner — he was first appointed to the post by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani back in the 1990s.

After a long career that took him from Boston, to New York, to Los Angeles and back to New York, “It is now time for me to move on,” Bratton said. “This city, this department, will have a seamless transition.”

He will be replaced by NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill, who the mayor described as the “perfect person to succeed him.”

O’Neill “is ready to take the department where it’s never been before” with community relations, the mayor said.

Source: Bill Bratton to Leave NYPD: It Is Now Time For Me to Move On – Civic Center – DNAinfo New York