RYE, N.Y. -- Rye's Police Commissioner Michael Corcoran was recently appointed as the city's first Commissioner of Public Safety by the Rye City Council.
Under the new position, Corcoran will be in charge of all of the city's emergency departments including police and fire.
City Manager, Marcus Serrano said he made the decision to create the position after reviewing all public safety functions and receiving input from the City Council, Fire Department, and the public, through a referendum.
"We are moving the city in what I believe to be a model for others to follow. Not only do I believe that this is the right direction but we are very fortunate to have the right person at the right time," Serrano said.
Serrano added that Corcoran has proven to be a solid leader in the Police Department and is sure he will continue to do so in the Fire Department.
Corcoran who has been with the police department for almost a year came to Rye with 25 years of experience in law enforcement. He previously 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.
"This is a watershed moment for the City of Rye," Cocoran said, "I am honored and grateful for the support and trust of the city manager and council."