Harlem officials are looking for new police chief for the fourth time in as many years after Harlem Police Department Chief David Sward resigned Thursday.
City Manager Jason Rizner said Sward submitted his resignation letter at a weekly meeting Thursday morning without giving much reason for his resignation.
“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 in the Harlem Department of Public Safety, resigned the post 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.
“We’ll start looking for an interim director,” Rizner said. “We want to act as quickly as I can to get somebody in place there.”