Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh Statement on Police Chief Kenton Buckner being named finalist for chief of police search in Olympia, Wash.

“Chief Buckner informed me recently that he had been approached and agreed to enter a chief of police search in Olympia, Wash. His communication reflects the open conversation about his career that we have had throughout his tenure. Chief Buckner serves the City of Syracuse honorably and has earned a national reputation as a highly-competent and effective police chief. I have always recognized there would be a time when he would consider other opportunities. I accepted this notification with a clear understanding between us and a commitment from Chief Buckner that his focus, first and foremost, will be on his duties to the Syracuse Police Department and the people of this City. I have complete confidence that for as long as he is our chief, he will serve this city with excellence.”

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