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Highest-Ranking, Longest-Serving NYPD Member To Retire Wednesday

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The NYPD's highest-ranking and longest-serving member is set to retire Wednesday.

Joseph Esposito joined the force in 1968 and has held every rank in the department over the last 44 years, including more than 12 years in his current role as chief of department.

The department's mandatory retirement age is 63.

Esposito joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Tuesday at a ribbon cutting for the new NYPD Central Park Precinct.

"The story of Central Park, I think, symbolizes just how far we've come," Bloomberg said. "When Chief Esposito joined the NYPD, the park was notoriously unsafe and shunned by New Yorkers and visitors. Today, about 40 million people enjoy Central Park every year."

When asked what he will miss most about the job, Esposito said, "Getting up and coming to work every day. Nothing was better."

Esposito said he hasn't made any plans for his retirement. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP