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NYPD spokesman, Stephen Davis, to retire after 'an amazing four years'

The Manhattan resident plans to do consulting work for an international company.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis will retire in March.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis will retire in March. Photo Credit: Theodore Parisienne

Stephen Davis, who for over the past four years has been the NYPD’s main spokesman during a time of major crime declines, terror attacks and department changes, will be retiring at the end of March.

Davis, 66, a resident of Manhattan, said that he plans to do consulting in what he called an “ideal job” for an international company which he couldn’t yet reveal, he told reporters on Thursday.

Davis said he would ultimately be returning to his own private investigative consulting firm, which he had to place in a blind trust when he came back as NYPD spokesman under former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton.

“This was an amazing four years, 2014 to 2018,” Davis said, likening the period to the years when the New York Yankees were on a roll from 1996 to 2000.

“You can’t get a better four years than that,” said Davis, who also has a second home on Long Island.

Davis said his successor has not been announced. The media office is also losing its commanding officer, Chief Timothy Trainor, this month, he said.

From the time he was first sworn in as a rookie cop in 1969 in a class of 32 recruits, Davis, the son of an officer, has lived and breathed the NYPD. He rose through the ranks and, as a sergeant in various precincts, worked with men who became major chiefs in the department, including Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce and Chief of Housing James Secreto.

Davis retired as a cop in 1991 after attaining the rank of captain. After establishing his consulting firm, Davis was asked by Bratton to come back as deputy commissioner of public information in 2014. When Bratton left in September 2016, some expected Davis would also leave, but he stayed on as chief spokesman for Bratton’s successor, James O’Neill.

“There is never a good time, but there is a right time,” Davis said about his decision to retire, quoting Bratton.

Davis said that during the four years he has held the job he felt it was his duty to explain things, particularly when things went wrong for the department, including corruption cases.

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