Rochester pursues Chief Alexander

12/13/2013, 6 a.m.
DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander took the job nine months ago. Now his hometown wants him back.

Despite rumors about a job offer from his Rochester, N.Y., hometown, DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander said he has a job to do in the county.

“I have not accepted a job,” he said Thursday. “I need to be perfectly clear about that.”

Alexander, who joined the DeKalb Police Department in April, said he wants to continue leading DeKalb’s more than 1,100 sworn officers and nearly 500 support staff, but the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper reported Dec. 12 that the city’s newly elected mayor, Lovely Warren, has interviewed Alexander for the soon-to-be open chief’s job and that he has accepted.

Alexander was acting police chief with the Rochester Police Department in 2005 and won a lot of admirers, including Warren, but was not offered the top job.

Alexander said Thursday afternoon that there is nothing to confirm or deny.

“What I am going to tell the people of DeKalb County is what I said the other day,” he said. “I am still chief of police here in DeKalb. Nothing has been confirmed about my employment there.”

Alexander began his law enforcement career in Miami-Dade County in 1977, where he spent 15 years as a police officer. Prior to heading the Rochester Police Department, he was deputy commissioner of the N.Y. State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Alexander is also a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate from Wright State University. In 2010, he was third runner-up to George Turner for chief of the Atlanta Police Department.

Alexander was TSA’s security director at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport before being sworn in as DeKalb chief nine months ago.

Alexander earns $162,612 per year. Rochester’s outgoing chief of police makes $129,115.

DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson was concerned enough about the possibility of Alexander leaving that he spoke about it at Commissioner Stan Watson’s Dec. 7 Community Cabinet meeting.

Johnson urged citizens to send the chief emails asking him to stay.

“I think we can send some encouraging words, ’cause Rochester ain’t playing,” Johnson said. “They love him. And when you have someone who loves you and that’s your home, they can make things happen.”