RYE, N.Y. -- Rye Police Commissioner William Connors announced Tuesday that he will retire in January.
"I have loved my career in policing," he said. "It has been an honor to be part of this noble profession for 33 years, and especially to have served this community and worked with the outstanding members of this department. But I have hoped, for myself and my family, that I would be able to take some time to restore a proper work-life balance while I am still young enough to enjoy it. I think this is more likely to be a sabbatical rather than permanent retirement, but it is the right time to take some time off."
Connors was appointed police commissioner in January 2001 following a 22-year career in the New York City Police Department. He recently oversaw the department's re-accreditation assessment by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council in July. Connors will steer the 2014 budget planning and preparation, as well as assist in transition planning of the department to ensure continuity of operations during the hurricane season.
"I have been at the commissioner's side during some of the most trying times in Rye's recent memory -- coyote attacks, multiple weather events, and serious criminal acts," said Mayor Doug French. "He is a highly respected public safety professional across the county and Rye will greatly miss his leadership and guidance. I personally thank him for staying on to ensure a smooth transition."
"The City of Rye has been a challenging and demanding place to work," said Connors. "But it has been a truly rewarding experience. The residents of our city and the members of the department should know that for these 13 years I have devoted every bit of my energy toward one goal doing what is right for this city, its residents and the members of this department. I plan to continue to do that until January."
The city has authorized City Manager Scott Pickup to post for his replacement, and the city will put together a representative committee to assist in the hiring process. Connors' retirement will take effect January 16, 2014.