NYPD Inspector Charles McEvoy will leave his post as commanding officer of the 103rd Precinct on Friday after more than four years in the job.
The inspector, who will mark his 25th anniversary on the force in July, will become the executive officer of the NYPD’s School Safety Division, which is headquartered in Long Island City.
“Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of great people do a lot of great things in this precinct,” McEvoy said Tuesday night at a meeting of the 103rd Precinct Community Council.
“I’m very proud of that,” he added.
He spoke with pride about the steps the precinct has made in reducing crime during his tenure, and a solemn sadness about the five times he has stood with officers of the 103rd at the annual ceremonies honoring slain Officer Edward Byrne.
He received a standing ovation from the crowd of nearly 50 people.
No word was given yet on his replacement, but he will be a tough act to follow.
“We’ve said goodbye to a lot of commanding officers, but some just stick in your craw,” Council President Donna Clopton said. “He is one of them.”
“There won’t be another one,” Beulah Wilson said. “We love you.”
Clopton related a story she said was typical of McEvoy, when he had vacation right around the time the community was distributing new backpacks and school supplies to needy children just before the start of the school year.
“He and his wife came by while on their vacation and helped hand out those backpacks and supplies,” Clopton said. “If you could have seen those children’s faces ... We won’t say goodbye. We’ll say see you later.”