Bill Bratton is will voluntarily resign as commissioner of the New York Police Department next month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. Current NYPD chief of department James P. O’Neill will replace the outgoing commissioner.
Bratton has twice served as New York City's commissioner, and has also served the same role in Los Angeles and Boston. He began his latest NYPD tenure in 2014, replacing long-time commissioner Ray Kelly.
Bratton’s departure comes several months after three NYPD commanders—a deputy chief, deputy inspector, and a sergeant—were arrested on federal corruption charges. The month before that a former officer filed a $200-million lawsuit alleging she had an affair with a department chief who then beat her. The most recent high-profile NYPD resignation came in 2014 when then-chief of department Philip Banks—a one-time favorite to replace Bratton—stunned the city by stepping down, only later to have it revealed he was the subject of a federal corruption probe.