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Next RPD Chief in Georgia?
Rochester, N.Y. --- Sources continue to indicate that the next chief of the Rochester Police Department is likely to be Dr. Cedric Alexander who is currently the Chief of Police in DeKalb County, Georgia.
Alexander, a former Rochester Police Chief, was sworn in as chief in DeKalb County in April 2013. Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, a close friend and former colleague of Alexanders, traveled to Georgia to be there for that ceremony.
"I absolutely have a great relationship with him, explained Baxter. He's a bold leader, he's a man of principle, he's not a man that's afraid to make decisions and the best thing about working for him was he always had a sense of direction; you knew what your objectives were you knew what the mission was and that's always a positive thing in a leader.
Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard is retiring at the end of the year and Mayor-Elect Lovely Warrens Transition Team has indicated that an announcement on who will replace Sheppard is expected in the next week or two.
Sheppard is currently earning a salary of $129,115 and Alexanders salary is $162,612.
I don't have the inside scoop like that, but here's what I do know, replied Baxter when 13WHAM News asked if he thinks his friend will be RPDs next chief. If Mayor-elect Warren is looking at Cedric Alexander to be the next police chief, she's looking in the right direction. He is a great leader, he loves the City of Rochester and I know that he still has some passion in his heart for the City of Rochester and he'd be a good fit.
In phone conversations with DeKalb County and police officials, similar speculation about Alexanders future was evident. As were repeated references to 13WHAMs report this week about the possibility that Alexander will return to Rochester.
Official statements from DeKalb County were succinct and stated the obvious.
The statement from Chief Alexander on these reports is that he is currently the Chief of Police in DeKalb County, Georgia and he continues to carry out his daily duties as Chief. --- Captain S.R. Fore, Public Information Office, DeKalb County Police.
We are aware of the reports from Rochester. Chief Alexander is the DeKalb County Chief of Police, and we continue to support his good work as he carries out the operations of this critical county service. --- Burke Brennan, Press Secretary, DeKalb County Government.
13WHAM News also asked Chief Baxter if he would be interested becoming the next Rochester Police Chief should Alexander not be the selection or should his friend turn down such an offer?
"Everybody knows my heart is in the City of Rochester, I grew up in the City of Rochester literally and then policed there for 22 years, replied Baxter. But out in the Town of Greece I've been there four years, done a tremendous amount of work with a great support staff, support from the town itself and support from the cops, I think it's a little premature for me to even think about leaving the Town of Greece. I got work to do out there and I like what we're doing, I like where we've been, I definitely love the police department.
A spokesman for Lovely Warrens transition team said he had no official comment.