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Paul Browne, NYPD Spokesman, Leaving For Job At Notre Dame

07/18/2013 01:13 pm ET | Updated Jul 18, 2013
AP

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne will step down from his post in August, the New York Daily News reports, to work as vice president of public affairs and communications at the University of Norte Dame.

The department announced his resignation on Thursday.

“Deputy Commissioner Browne served with distinction as DCPI longer than any of his predecessors and at a crucial, transformative time in the Police Department’s history," commissioner Ray Kelly said. "He served the nation too under demanding circumstances with me in Haiti and in other Police Department and federal posts. I wish Paul and his family all the best in this new opportunity and challenge. Go Irish.

Browne's replacement will be John McCarthy, who currently works as a spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Since 2004, Browne has served as the mouthpiece for Kelly and the NYPD.

He has been criticized by some for lying about certain NYPD scandals, most notably the department's secret surveillance of Muslims.

Browne's resignation comes amid speculation that Kelly might also leave the NYPD to be the director of Homeland Security under Obama.

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