- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The embattled top uniformed officer in New York City’s troubled jail system will retire on Dec. 1.

Chief of Department William Clemmons tells The Associated Press Monday he wasn’t asked to resign. He declined further comment.

Clemmons almost immediately came under scrutiny following his May promotion by jails Commissioner Joseph Ponte (PAHNT).

Clemmons was one of two supervisors in 2012 who omitted hundreds of inmate fights from statistics turned over to federal authorities investigating violence on Rikers Island.

Lawmakers were outraged when he didn’t attend an Oct. 8 oversight hearing. He was on vacation.

One lawmaker told Ponte that Clemmons’ promotion didn’t instill confidence in change.

In a statement, Ponte said Clemmons was an able leader who helped institute reforms. He called him “a model of stability in a tumultuous time.”

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