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Bill de Blasio to Name Bill Bratton NYPD Commissioner

Los Angles Police chief William Bratton holds his last press conference as replacement candidates Deputy Chief Michel Moore (2nd L), Deputy Chief Charlie Beck and Assistant Police Chief Jim McDonnell (R) look on outside the new Police Administration Building on October 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Bratton steps aside at the end of this week after a nearly seven-year tenure to take an international security job in the private sector. Deputy Chief Michael Downing, who did not apply for Bratton's job, will take over as interim chief until a final decision is made on the three finalists.
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As expected, the mayor-elect will announce today that former NYPD chief Bill Bratton, who led the department in the mid-nineties, will return to his old post, replacing Ray Kelly for the second time. “He wants New York again,” a close friend of Bratton’s told New York Magazine in 2009. “It’s unfinished business for him.” Bratton himself said “that’s not so far-fetched at all. If you were a candidate in the city running for mayor, and you’ve got one of the biggest names in American policing and somebody who had basically begun the process of making New York safe? They’ll all be knocking on my door.”

Bill Bratton to Be NYPD Commissioner