New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill has resigned, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Dermot Shea is expected to take over from O’Neill.
Mayor De Blasio was expected to hold a news conference Monday afternoon to make the announcement.
During his tenure, O’Neill kept crime rates low and worked to bring police and communities together, according to De Blasio.
The mayor said the commissioner leaves behind a city that is safer than it has been in decades.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea will replace the outgoing commissioner. According to Mayor De Blasio, Shea was one of the chief architects of the approach that has made New York City the safest big city in America.
“Dermot is uniquely qualified to serve as our next police commissioner and drive down crime rates even further.” De Blasio said.
O’Neill has served as commissioner for three years.