RPD/RFD Chiefs Asked to Submit Resignation Letters

NEWS 8 - There could be some major changes coming within the police and fire departments in Rochester.

Multiple sources tell News 8 that department heads, including the police and fire chiefs, have been asked to submit resignation letters to the office of Mayor Lovely Warren.

In addition to a resignation letter, they have been asked to write a letter explaining why they should be allowed to remain in their current positions. 

When News 8 asked about the possible changes, Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said: 

"That's not entirely correct, any question should go to the mayor's office or city communications. So it's not entirely false and not entirely correct. I suggest you go to the mayor's office or communications."

Mayor Warren's office issued the following statement, saying all members of her senior management team were asked to submit resignation letters:

In the past, it has been the practice of some mayoral administrations to request the resignation of members of their senior management teams and to then reevaluate their service when deciding on appointments in their new term of office. Mayor Warren has adopted this same, common protocol as she prepares to transition to her next term. All members of the senior management team, including myself, have offered letters of resignation for the end of this year.

News 8 has reached out to several other city officials about the situation and have yet to hear back.  

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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