RYE, N.Y. -- Rye's City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Michael C. Corcoran as the police commissioner effective Feb. 1, 2016.
The City Council gave its approval and consent at its regular meeting on Wednesday night.
Rye City Manager Marcus Serrano said that “after a national search and intensive interview process, I am proud to have appointed (Corcoran) and appreciate the City Council’s support in affirming my appointment."
Under the City Charter, Serrano has the authority to appoint the police commissioner.
In a press statement, Serrano said: “Mr. Corcoran comes to the City of Rye with over 25 years of experience in law enforcement, is a member of the Bar, and a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy."
Corcoran served as deputy police chief in West Orange, N.J., where he was in charge of all operations, investigative and emergency management for a force of nearly 100 officers.
As a lieutenant, Corcoran was chosen as the person to lead the internal affairs.
Serrano said Corcoran was described by his references "as a leader and a man of the highest integrity."
"I was impressed by Mr. Corcoran during the interview, specifically on his leadership and command skills; skills that are both necessary and desirable in Rye’s next police commissioner,'' Serrano said.
The city manager said he was even more impressed by the comments he received from individuals who worked for Corcoran as well as those for whom he worked.
In a prepared statement, Corcoran said he was honored by the trust the City Manager and City Council placed in him: "I cannot put into words my feelings. . . . I am happy that I will be able to continue my career with such a great city."
"You will find me to be an open person that is not afraid of rolling up my sleeves and working to the best of my abilities with everyone," Corcoran added. "I will do all I can to make the Rye Police Department the best it can be.”