Harlem police chief quits

Harlem Police Chief David Sward gave no reason for quitting.

 

Harlem officials are looking for a new police chief for the fourth time in four years after David Sward resigned Thursday.

City Manager Jason Riz­ner said Sward submitted his resignation letter at a weekly meeting Thursday without citing much reason.

“He hadn’t given any indication previously that he was going to do that,” Rizner said. “It wasn’t a situation where any one thing that was indicated that precipitated (it). We just didn’t get into any reasons there.”

Sward could not immediately be reached for comment. His resignation is effective immediately.

Assistant Chief Jim March will oversee department operations until an interim chief is named.

“We’re going to try to get somebody in place as soon as we can,” Rizner said.

Sward is the fourth leader of the department since 2009. Jerry Baldwin, under whom the police and fire departments merged into the Department of Pub­lic Safety, resigned in January 2009 after he was caught shoplifting.

Jesse Bowman replaced Bald­win in March 2009 but stepped down in September 2011. Interim Direc­tor Benje Cowart led the department until Sward took over in January 2012.

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