New York Police Commissioner William Bratton will step down next month from leading the nation’s largest police force, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. Bratton plans to re-enter the private sector, several news organizations reported.
Police Chief James O’Neill will take his place, the mayor said, according to the New York Times.
Bratton’s planned departure comes earlier than expected. He said in a Times interview last month that he would leave the job by the end of 2017.
Bratton, 68, started his law enforcement career in 1970 when he became a police officer in Boston. He moved up through the ranks to become police commissioner in Boston from 1993 to 1994, and then went to New York where he served as police commissioner — under former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani — from 1994 to 1996.
He moved away as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in 2002 until 2009 before returning to New York in 2013. He was credited with helping lower crime in New York City with his zero-tolerance policy.
Bratton reportedly plans to stay until September to help with the new police commissioner’s transition and then join the private sector.