Acting State Police Superintendent Steven Nigrelli resigned Friday after Gov. Kathy Hochul rescinded his candidacy to permanently serve in the role, officials said.
The leadership shakeup, first reported by The Times Union, comes after multiple allegations he harassed and was abusive to employees.
"Earlier today, the administration informed acting Superintendent Steven Nigrelli he is no longer under consideration for the permanent role, he subsequently notified us of his intention to retire after 32 years," Hochul's Press Secretary Avi Small said in a statement. "Gov. Hochul has the utmost respect for the members of the New York State Police who put their lives on the line to protect New Yorkers."
Nigrelli's resignation will take effect in two weeks, or Oct. 6.
He became acting superintendent of the State Police, overseeing more than 5,000 members of law enforcement, last Oct. 19. He's served in the State Police for 32 years.
New York State Police spokeswoman Deanna Cohen confirmed Nigrelli's announcement to retire Friday, but would not comment further on his departure.