NEW YORK — The NYPD’s top cops are on their way out.
Commissioner Dermot Shea along with First Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker put in their retirement papers, two high-ranking sources confirmed to PIX11 News. They’ll be stepping down by the end of the year.
“Administratively, the Police Commissioner is required to give 30-days notice, and that’s what happened today,” an NYPD spokesperson said. “Police Commissioner Shea and First Deputy Commissioner Tucker will have a lot more to say in the coming weeks as they discuss their public service and gratitude to the City and the men and women of the Department.”
Mayor-elect Eric Adams, who takes office on Jan. 1, 2022, has said he plans to give the commissioner position to a woman.
“I have confidence in Eric,” Shea previously told PIX11. “I think he cares deeply about this city, as we all do.”
Shea emphasized that he thinks Adams will pick a great commissioner.
“They have the best, hands down, police department in the world here to work with,” the commissioner said. “I’m sure he’ll make a great decision. A lot is riding on it.”
Adams has not yet shared a specific name for the person he intends to select as the NYPD’s next commissioner.
Shea stepped into the role after the resignation of James O’Neill. He started out with the NYPD in 1991 as beat cop in the South Bronx.
Tucker was appointed to his role in 2014.