- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico announced Friday that will resign after five years of leading the state’s top law enforcement agency.

In a statement, D’Amico said he was departing to pursue “other opportunities” that he did not disclose. He has spent 35 years in law enforcement, including 17 years at the New York Police Department. He also served as the chief investigator at the New York state attorney general’s office.

He became the leader of the State Police in 2011 after being nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who will also pick D’Amico’s successor.

“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to lead the men and women of the State Police,” he said.

The Democratic governor called D’Amico “an outstanding public servant” and said he will miss him both professionally and personally.

“He has led the State Police through hurricanes, snowstorms, anti-terrorism actions, prison breaks and manhunts,” Cuomo said in a statement. “There is no doubt he has led the State Police to a higher level.”

D’Amico plans to stay on the job during the search for a new superintendent.

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