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City looking for next police commissioner

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Acting Commissioner Derenda

By Eileen Buckley

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Buffalo, NY – The City of Buffalo is running out of time to name a new Buffalo Police Commissioner.

Under the City charter, an interim police commissioner is not allowed to serve more than 180-days. That means by Tuesday, June 29, the term for acting Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda is set to expire. But for now Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is not revealing his choice for a new police commissioner.

"What I am looking for is someone who has the ability to manage this department and all of its complexities and the unique public safety issues of buffalo effectively. Some one who can command the ability to to that most quickly. I don't think we want to have a long learning curve," said mayor Brown.

The City has reviewed about 40-resumes for the position. Acting Commissioner Derenda is one of the candidates.

"I put in my application and resume as I was instructed to do and now we are just waiting to see what happen," said Derenda.

Derenda has served 24 years with the police department. If he is not selected, Derenda would return to his post as deputy commissioner.

Derenda said whatever the mayor decides will be fine with him. But whoever Brown appoints will still be interim commissioner until the full Common Council approves the selection.

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