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Mayor makes internal pick for police chief

Rochester, N.Y. - Mayor Lovely Warren (D) announced she would be appointing an internal candidate to become Chief of Police in Rochester, current interim police chief Mike Ciminelli.

"The mayor's expectations are high," Ciminelli said after he was introduced. "Council's expectations are high, and so are the city's expectations, but we will get where we're going."

Ciminelli has held the interim title since January, and a search has been underway since November for a new police chief since the retirement of the previous Rochester police chief James Sheppard.

Originally, Mayor Warren announced there would be a nation-wide search for a candidate, but decided to go with Ciminelli, an internal candidate on Thursday.

"There's nobody better," said Warren, after acknoweledging she hadn't looked at any other resumes or candidates. "I've worked with this chief for for the last 2 and a half months, seen his leadership and talked with officers."

Warren also said she was motivated to pick Ciminelli because of his experience dealing with more homicides than usual in the first quarter of the year.

Rochester Police Department Union leader Michael Mazzeo supports the promotion from within. 

"You have an individual aware of the problems and issues of the lowest members of the department to the top," he said. "When you promote from within you send a positive message to others about upward mobility."

Ciminelli was born and raised in Rochester, but has also been the police chief in Elmira, as well as former Monroe County Assistant District Attorney. His appointment to the police chief position will now be looked over by city council. It remains to be seen when the approval hearings will take place. 

 
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