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Greece police chief resigns, accepts new position

Greece, N.Y. -- Four years after he was sworn in to lead the troubled Greece Police Department, Chief Todd Baxter is leaving to take a new job.

Baxter will be executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center, a place close to his heart. The former Army master sergeant will run the agency that serves the needs of vets in the Rochester area beginning April 2.

As chief in Greece, Baxter worked to restore trust in the department riddled with corruption and controversy for decades.

He made sweeping changes in areas like internal affairs and evidence collection. He also built the department back up, hiring several officers.

He said his proudest accomplishment was earning the trust of his officers and the community. Just a month into the job, he was faced with solving a triple homicide at the Holyoke Apartments. He reassured residents there and people in the town they were safe and that it wasnt a random crime. It was later tied to Jamaican drug activity.

Chief Baxter will be greatly missed," wrote Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich in a statement. "He will certainly leave the department much better than he found it. Since 2010, both through attrition and retirement, over one-third of the officers are new to the Greece Police Department ranks trained and mentored by Chief Baxter. I wish Chief Baxter great success as he leaves the ranks of law enforcement and explores his passion for our veterans.

Before becoming chief in Greece, Baxter was a 22-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department.

 
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