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After more than 30 years with the department, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard announced his retirement. Sheppard will leave after leading the department for the last three years.
Sheppard joined the department in 1981 serving in a variety of roles over the years. He was a patrol officer for Highland Section, a member of the SWAT Team and was also a Patrol Division Commander.
Sheppard was named deputy chief in 2006. He left RPD in 2008 to become director of safety and security for the Rochester City School District.
In 2010, Sheppard was appointed director of the city's Office of Public Integrity. He was named Chief of Police in November of that year.
Sheppard says he is leaving the department on his own terms.
"Retirement is something that I never looked at in 30-something years, but when I saw it, I couldn't take my eyes off it, so it's not a matter of being forced. There's been a slight delay relative to me wanting to have an opportunity to sit down with the mayor-elect and tell her what my decision was, but other than that, I'm doing what's best for James Sheppard," he said.
Sheppard will remain on the job until Dec. 31.