Rochester, NY -- Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard (seen in file photo at left) is retiring after 30+ years of police service and three years as chief.
Sheppard says it's been a good run, but it's his time. And he denies he's being forced out by Mayor-Elect Lovely Warren.
Sheppard says he made up his mind to retire this summer . He says he has no regrets about his tenure and says he hasn't decided on his next career.
Mayor Tom Richards calls Sheppard a son of Rochester, who grew up here and rose through the ranks in the Police Department from patrolman to the top job. The mayor says in a statement that Sheppard has instilled confidence in the leadership of the RPD with the rank and file officers and has opened the lines of communication between the police and the community.
Mayor-Elect Lovely Warren says in a statement that she wishes Sheppard well in his future endeavors and joins with many others in thanking him for his many years of service.