NEW YORK (UPI) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton’s resignation Tuesday afternoon at a news conference, City Hall sources confirmed.

Bratton, 68, will be replaced by Chief of Department James O’Neill, a source told the The Wall Street Journal, information that was confirmed by an NBC 4 New York source.

Bratton will leave his position in September and informed the mayor of his decision last week, the Wall Street Journal reported. Administration officials were interviewing candidates to replace the police commissioner for the remaining 16 months of the mayoral term.

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Bratton said in an interview with The New York Times published July 25 he wouldn’t serve as the city’s top cop after 2017.

Bratton told the newspaper had already created a “line of succession” at the police department and “a strong team, so that the city is not dependent on just one person.”

Bratton will return to the private sector, officials told the Journal.


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