Rochester will need to find a new police chief. Chief Michael Ciminelli is stepping down to take a different job with the federal government.
Ciminelli, who has been chief since 2014 has accepted a job with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and will retire September 15th.
He previously worked for the DEA and he says he is looking forward to returning to the Washington, D.C. area where his three daughters live.
Mayor Lovely Warren said that Ciminelli has provided strong and steady leadership from the start of her first term.
“Chief Ciminelli served the citizens of Rochester well, from reorganizing our police department from a two-section model to a five-section model, to instituting and launching the largest body-camera program for a city of our size."
Ciminelli says he is pleased with progress made in some areas during his tenure, which he says has been due to a team effort.
“Certainly, we’re looking at now a longer-term decline in violent crime, especially firearm crime and shooting. That needs to continue. I think the reorganization was very near and dear to my heart, and the fact that the mayor wanted to go through this reorganization was one of the main reasons I took the job, which I didn’t originally apply for.”