Updated: 03/03/2014 5:59 PM
Created: 03/03/2014 2:18 PM WHEC.com
The town of Greece is losing its police chief. News10NBC has learned Chief Todd Baxter is leaving the department next month. He’ll begin a new role at the Veteran’s Outreach Center the next day.
Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter says he's done everything he's wanted to do as a police officer and now he's ready for a new challenge.
Baxter has been a police officer for 26 years, 22 in Rochester and the last four years as chief in Greece. He says it was a tough decision, because being a cop is his calling, but what competes with that is serving veterans. He says he is proud of the job he's done in Greece. He’s recruited new cops, and promoted others. He says he went to Greece with the attitude of servant leadership.
Chief Todd Baxter said, “We've done that, I think the cops in Greece right now are proud of how they do their job. And I think the town's very proud of their police department. So mission accomplished. I'm looking to come someplace positive. Unfortunately, when someone calls 911 they never call for a good reason and police work dwells on negativity but here, this is 100% positive when you walk in the door. And I’m just looking forward to going home and sharing positive stories with my family instead of how we tried to fix the world's problems today.”
Baxter says he looks forward to the challenge of helping veterans make the transition from active duty and conflict back to civilian life. He says he will play a role in helping choose a successor in Greece.
Baxter's last day with the Greece Police Department is April 1. He will serve as the Executive Director of programs and services starting April 2.