Mayor Lovely Warren names new police chief

Updated: 03/07/2014 8:10 PM
Created: 03/07/2014 10:16 AM WHEC.com
By: Janet Lomax

He's a product of the 19th Ward, a McQuaid High School graduate and now he's poised to become Rochester’s newest police chief. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced Friday Mike Ciminelli as her choice. He has been acting chief since the start of the year.

There was a lot of police brass on display in the Rochester City Hall Atrium. It was a show of support for Michael Ciminelli. Mayor Lovely Warren pointed to the number of homicides since January 1 and the arrests that have been made by the Rochester Police Department. She said the city couldn’t wait any longer to name a permanent chief.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “I believe Mike Ciminelli led this department since January 1 with the heart and determination of a man ready to get things back on track.”

Ciminelli is also an attorney. So what is his vision for the Rochester Police Department? At the news conference, he said he’s working on a plan now to move the department in a different direction. There will be four or five patrol sections that will get the officers closer to the neighborhoods they patrol. He plans to present the plan to the mayor in May.

Ciminelli is a Rochester native. He told News10NBC his growing up in the 19th Ward gives him a unique perspective

Chief Mike Ciminelli, Rochester Police, said, “I think I bring the familiarity with the neighborhoods, the people and the personal commitment that this is my city, this is my hometown.”

News10NBC spoke with the president of the 19th Ward Association about the announcement. LaShay Harris says it’s good for the city.

LaShay Harris, 19th Ward Association President, said, “It just means so much to me and my community to have a police chief who has a connection to our neighborhood yet alone the city of Rochester.”

Chief Ciminelli's appointment has to be confirmed by Rochester City Council. The mayor says she is sending her recommendation to Rochester City Council President Loretta Scott Friday. Chief Ciminelli is celebrating by going to a fish fry Friday night.

Rochester Locust Club released a statement, "We are very happy Mayor Warren has named a permanent chief. We think it's better to promote from within and she clearly has."

Who is Chief Ciminelli?

Chief Ciminelli graduated from Buffalo Law School and served as an assistant district attorney for Monroe County from 1988 to 1991. After making the switch to policing, he served as Elmira Police Chief for six years. With the Rochester Police Department, he's been a homicide investigator, sergeant, commander and most recently, deputy chief of administration. 

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