James O'Neill Steps Down As NYPD Commissioner

According to several media sources, Police Commissioner James O'Neill will resign his position Monday at a news conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio.

O'Neil, who took over the NYPD in September of 2016, is said to be leaving the top cop job to work in the private sector. O'Neil will stay on the job for several more weeks before being replaced by the NYPD's Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said of Commissioner O'Neill, "On behalf of all New Yorkers, I want to express deep gratitude to Jimmy O'Neill for dedicating his entire career to keeping our city safe. Jimmy transformed the relationship between New Yorkers and police, and helped to make the Department the most sophisticated and advanced in the country."

Shea said of his impending promotion, "This is a tremendous honor and a tremendous responsibility and I'm grateful to the Mayor for this privilege to serve. Police commissioner O'Neill has been a mentor and a friend to me. Every New Yorker deserves to be safe and feel safe, and that has been my mission since I took the oath and became a police officer 28 years ago."

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