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Mayor-elect Lovely Warren talks to former chief about job

by Patrice Walsh

Rochester, N.Y. -- Mayor-elect Lovely Warren confirmed to 13WHAM News Tuesday that she reached out to former Rochester Police Chief Cedric Alexander to see if he is interested in the police chief job in Rochester.

Warren told us: he is thinking about it.

She said she respects Alexander and his style of policing and believes Rochester needs to return to law and order. Operation Law and Order was an initiative Alexander started while chief in Rochester in 2005. It was an aggressive approach to fighting crime in tough neighborhoods, by saturating the streets with officers.

Warren said:  What I like about Cedric is that hes not afraid to hold his officers accountable and hes also not afraid to say to the community, this is what we need to do. It takes a special person to do that. We are still talking and will make a decision soon.  We asked if she will bring Cedric Alexander here for an interview and she replied: Hell have to come back eventually.

Warren said she has interviewed other retired police officers for the job and just recently received another resume. She said late Tuesday that she has not made her decision yet.

Alexander responded to reporters inquiries last week saying he was police chief in DeKalb County.  We reached out to a police spokesman there but did not hear back.

Warren said filling the police chief job is her top priority, but she doesnt want to rush it, she will name an interim chief, if needed. It would be one of two Deputy Police Chiefs in the Rochester Police Department.

She is also focusing on hiring other top staff and told 13 WHAM News,  that 77 people in City Hall report to the mayor, and while she will bring in new people, some will remain on the job.

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