MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Mount Vernon Police Department will look to turn the page on a tumultuous year on Friday when Terrence Raynor is sworn in as the city’s newest Commissioner of Public Safety.
The public swearing-in ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The former Mount Vernon police chief began his work as commissioner earlier in the week.
Raynor said that his familiarity with the city will allow him to get started with the important work right away.
“I’ve worked in every division of the Mount Vernon Police Department, so I’m quite familiar with its inner workings,” he said. “Since I don’t have to spend time learning the department, we can hit the ground running to improve performance and solve crime.”
Raynor was born and raised in Brooklyn before moving to Mount Vernon as a teenager. Beginning in 1984, he worked his way up the ranks at the police department before retiring as chief in 2006. Following his retirement, he served as the chief investigator for the Westchester County Police Department.
While working in Mount Vernon, Raynor coordinated and supervised the department’s Community Policing Unit and Internal Affairs Unit, which investigated allegations of police misconduct and corruption.
“Terrence Raynor comes back to us with even more experience than when he left us to work at the county,” Mayor Ernest Davis said. “I have always been impressed with his professionalism and excellent police work. He was the best candidate for the job, having not only the necessary experience, but an intimate knowledge of the community and workforce.”
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