Mayor to announce new department leadership Friday afternoon

Statement by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh:

“Today, I accepted the resignation of Kenton Buckner as Chief of Police for the City of Syracuse. Chief Buckner has served Syracuse with excellence during the past three years. During his tenure as chief, the Department has made major progress in its policies and procedures, recruiting and diversity on the force, and community engagement. He led our department through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was proud to partner with him in embracing the police reform movement as an opportunity accelerate further improvements in policing, public safety and community relations. Chief Buckner’s management style always looked to the future.  Because of that, our department is strong and prepared to keep our community safe and continue the progress he made.”

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