ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — Mayor Lovely Warren has named Deputy Chief La’Ron Singletary as the next chief of the Rochester Police Department.
Mayor Warren announced the selection Tuesday morning during a news conference.
“I have no doubt that La’Ron will be an outstanding Chief of Police,” the mayor told reporters.
Singletary was brought to tears by the announcement, saying he was proud to be able to serve the department.
“I’m excited and eager to begin this next chapter in my career, as you can tell,” Singletary said. “These are tears of joy.”
City Council will hold a confirmation hearing for Singletary in June, the mayor says. If confirmed, he will start in his new role starting July 1. Mark Simmons, the interim chief, will continue to lead the department until that time.
“For me, it’s not about the title of police chief,” Singletary told reporters. “It’s about being able to add value to the organization and lead the organization stronger than we first arrived.”
He added, “Being able to serve as chief of police in a city where I was born and raised and a graduate of the Rochester City School District, along with the countless relationships that have been developed throughout the years with many community partners is truly an honor in which I would be forever grateful.”
He was chosen among 20 candidates who responded to a nationwide search. With 19 years of law enforcement experience, Singletary knows one of the challenges he’ll face as chief is community trust. Having worked as deputy chief of community affairs, he hopes he’ll be able to bridge that gap between the community and the Rochester Police Department.
“Engagement is key,” Singletary said. “Coming together and having those difficult conversations, allowing the community to see where an officer is coming from. Allowing the officer to see where the community is coming from. We really need to have these difficult conversations. I think there is a lot of animosity and tension in the air and I hope to be the one to bring it together.”