Albany says goodbye to departing Police Chief Brendan Cox

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The last day for Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox was Tuesday.

There was a ceremonial piping out ceremony held for him Tuesday morning.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the beginning phases the search for a replacement have already started.

She, along with the Albany Police Department and other members of the community said goodbye to Chief Cox.

“Chief Cox you are the best chief this department has ever had, and you will be the best chief that we’ll ever have.”

The community came together to say goodbye to Chief Cox.

“To this community, I will always love you guys, I will always cherish what we’ve done together,” Chief Cox said.

Now, the search begins for a replacement.

“The bar has been raised, and we’re going to keep that bar high,” Mayor Sheehan said.

The mayor says she plans to look at how other cities across the country have approached this kind of search.

She also wants to make sure whoever takes over keeps Cox’s practice of community policing.

“I think it’s important that we really find a leader for this department who really is willing to carry on the work that is being done here.”

Mayor Sheehan will be reaching out to the Albany Community Police Advisory Committee and others in the community to make sure that happens.

“Not only has his work changed this department, but it has changed this community and the community’s expectation,” Mayor Sheehan said.

The search to appoint Cox as chief in 2015 took about three months so we can expect a similar search this time around. Until a new chief is appointed, Deputy Chief Robert Sears will serve as interim chief.

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