Police Commissioner William Bratton said Thursday he can’t serve two terms — even if Mayor Bill de Blasio is re-elected — because he would be too old in 2022.
“I will not be commissioner for six-and-a-half-years,” Bratton told a panel held by City & State. “I’d be 70-some-odd, 75 years old by that time.”
De Blasio said Thursday at an unrelated press conference that Bratton, 67, is doing a great job and can serve as long as it feels right for him.
“Our conception of age needs to change,” he said.
Bratton said that he and the mayor have been setting goals for the next “several” years, including on reducing already historically low crime rates, bringing communities close to law enforcement and improving morale among the men in blue.
Bratton is currently on his second stint leading the nation’s largest police force. He left Rudy Giuliani’s administrating after 16 months over differences with the mayor. But despite what many observers considered an ideological disparity between Bratton and de Blasio, the two have maintained a functional relationship.