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Rochester, N.Y. -- Mayor-elect Lovely Warren has only told a handful of people who she has chosen as Rochester's next police chief and they aren't talking. But sources tell 13 WHAM News that former chief Cedric Alexander, who was here in 2005, is the top choice for police chief. He would replace retiring Chief Jim Sheppard.
Alexander isn't talking. We attempted to reach out to him in DeKalb County Georgia, where he is police chief, but were told he did not want to comment.
But many, including the President of the Rochester Police Union, said Alexander was well-respected and a good choice because he knows the department and has been here.
Mike Mazzeo said he has no say in selecting the chief, but said Alexander would make sense because he earned the respect of the 750 officers on the force and the community in his short time as chief.
Alexander had an aggressive approach to fighting crime. It was called Operation Law and Order. It targeted high-crime areas, saturating them with police officers. Removing guns from the street and arresting suspects.
City Councilman Adam McFadden said the former chief backed up his words with action and McFadden said Alexander would be his first choice as chief if he were mayor.
But that decision is Warrens to make.
Why would Cedric Alexander come back here? Sources tell us Alexander has personal reasons to return here and still has ties to this area.
We are told two candidates from within the Rochester Police Department interviewed for the chief�s job, but that Alexander was the top choice of Warren and others advising her.
We did attempt to reach out to Chief Alexander in Georgia but did not hear back and we recieved a statement in response to the speculation from Lovely Warren's spokesperson telling us the decision has not been made but will be announced either next week or the week after.
There will also be big changes in city hall when Warren takes office.
Councilman Adam McFadden said 50 new people will be hired to replace commissioners, department heads and other positions.
He said it's not a matter of "cleaning house" but rather one of bringing in your own people, much as former Mayor Bob Duffy did when he took office.