Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan Named Interim Police Chief in Rochester, New York

Mayor Lovely Warren named Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, a former lieutenant with the Rochester Police Department as its interim chief Saturday morning.
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Mayor Lovely Warren named Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, a former lieutenant with the Rochester Police Department as its interim chief Saturday morning. 

Herriott-Sullivan becomes the first woman to lead RPD.

Her appointment is effective Oct. 14, and the mayor has said she will not begin a national search for a permanent chief until June 2021.

“I’ve got a year to do the best I can to help the city and get things on track,” Herriott-Sullivan said.

She left open that she might apply for the permanent appointment. She has been out of law enforcement for a decade, but expects to move quickly to assess the department, and begin naming her command staff in the coming days. She doesn’t see her role as placeholder, instead planning to be active in reforming the department.

She steps into a department facing multiple investigations and outside reviews over the in-custody asphyxiation death of Daniel Prude. The entire RPD command staff resigned their positions earlier this month, and Warren ultimately dismissed former Chief La’Ron Singletary on Sept. 14.

The mayor took no questions at that time but promised to come back before the community to do so.  She hasn’t yet, and on Saturday the mayor declined to take any off-topic questions not pertaining to her announcement.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Rochester Democrat and Chronicle