Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison announced a surprise resignation late Thursday evening, according to a report. The resignation comes months after Harrison helped lead his department to arrest Gilgo Beach serial murder suspect Rex Heuermann.
Harrison said in a memo to his officers that being police commissioner “one of the greatest highlights” of his career, FOX 5 reported. He also said he would formally notify Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone on Friday about his resignation, according to the New York.
“Serving as the Suffolk County Police commissioner for the past two years was not only a privilege but one of the greatest highlights of my law enforcement career and that is because of you,” Harrison said in the memo, the Post reported.
“It has been an honor to be part of this organization and work with so many talented individuals,” he added. “Each day, I have been impressed by stories of heroism, bravery, and dedication to the residents of this county. To say I appreciate and admire each one of you, is an understatement.”
Harrison, alongside District Attorney Ray Tierney, spearheaded the Gilgo Beach cold case task force.
Rex A. Heuermann, the architect accused of murdering at least three women near Long Island’s Gilgo Beach, appears before Judge Timothy P. Mazzei in Suffolk County Court on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023, in Riverhead, New York. (James Carbone/Newsday via AP, Pool)
Heuermann has pleaded not guilty to his current charges and would face up to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole if convicted.
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.