The NYPD's Chief of Department, Philip Banks, will be resigning his position.
As first reported by NY1, the 28-year veteran of the department was expected to become first deputy commissioner, the number two spot on paper.
Speaking to reporters outside 1 Police Plaza on Friday, Police Commissioner William Bratton said the resignation came as a surprise.
"Basically after a great contemplation, a discussion with his family and thinking about the position that he opted that he did not feel it was for him," Bratton said.
The first deputy position is sometimes perceived as having lower visibility by some in the department, though Bratton quickly disputed such claims.
"To be quite frank I could care less what others impressions or anybody talking to you. I'm a police commissioner so I know what that position means to me. It's the key advisory position to me and one that I need a person whose competence and advice can trust," Bratton said.
In a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, in part, "We were disappointed to hear of Chief Philip Banks’ personal decision to step down. He has served New York City admirably during his nearly 30 years on the force, and we were enthusiastic about the leadership and energy he would have brought to the position of First Deputy Commissioner."