ROCHESTER, N.Y. (NewsNation Now) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren tapped a Black woman to become the new interim city police chief, saying Saturday she will “bring a different perspective and instill a fresh approach to policing, both of which are very much needed in our city” in aftermath of Daniel Prude’s death.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren made the announcement during a press conference at Rochester City Hall.
Warren announced she is appointing Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan to serve as the new interim Rochester Police Chief beginning October 14.
Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, who retired from the department in 2009 as a lieutenant, will become the first woman to head the police department.
“I know these are tough times right now, but I believe strongly that we all bring our best to the table and we’ll be able to get it done,” said Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan.
Former Police Chief La’Ron Singletary retired this month after police body camera video was released of Prude, a Black man who died several days after officers put a hood over his head and pressed his face into the pavement on March 23.
The video’s release sparked days of protests in the city and insistent calls for reform.
Mayor Warren said at a news conference, “She [Herriott-Sullivan] will have the ability to bridge the gap between the people and police in our community.”
Herriott-Sullivan is currently the interim deputy executive director at the Rochester Housing Authority.
Warren also announced two new appointments to the Rochester Police Department (RPD) Command staff. Captain Person was appointed to Deputy Chief of Operations. Person has been a part of the RPD since 2005. Officer Moses Robinson was also appointed. Robinson has been a part of the RPD since 1985.
NewsNation affiliate WROC and the Associated Press contributed to this report.