Buffalo Police Chief Resigns, Search Begins for Replacement

Former Buffalo Police Chief Mike Chapman
Former Buffalo Police Chief Mike Chapman

The City of Buffalo will begin the search for a new Chief of Police after Mike Chapman resigned his position effective last Friday.

The move was not unexpected, at least to Mayor Randy Dyess, who said Chapman had been considering retirement for quite some time.

After Chapman gave his resignation, Dyess called a meeting at the police department to announce Chapman's resignation to the staff and to appoint an acting chief of police.

Sergeant Jason Carder will act as the chief until further notice.

Dyess said the city does not have to rush to find a permanent replacement for Chapman, and can take their time in the search.

The appointment will be made by Dyess and will need to be approved by the city council.

Dyess did say that the decision could be to begin a state, regional, or even national search for candidates or, they could hire from within, including making Carder the permanent chief.

But again, Dyess said there is no need to hurry to find a replacement for Chapman.

The issue will be discussed at Tuesday's city council meeting.

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