When he was passed over for the chief slot in favor of a leader who could provide a fresh set of eyes, many officers said Reynolds simply had the bad fortune of inheriting problems that were created and allowed to fester before he got there.
Reynolds said he had no regrets.
“It’s been a good time. This place has been very good to me and it’s been a pleasure and an honor working for Congress, too,” he said. “They [lawmakers] always get a bad rap in the press, but they’ve always taken good care of the Police Department. I’m grateful for that.”
As for who his replacement might be, Reynolds said he didn’t know.
“I know Chief Dine is working through that process right now,” he said. “I’m sure he wants to do something right away. He doesn’t want to keep this position open for very long.”
Though Dine would not comment on the timeline for naming Reynolds’ successor or discuss possible candidates, he did issue a statement congratulating his No. 2 on his departure.
“With his wealth of knowledge and experience ... in the areas of law enforcement and policing, Department operations, and the Congressional procedures, Assistant Chief Reynolds’ retirement leaves huge shoes to fill,” Dine said, adding that Reynolds “played a critical role in moving the Department forward and keeping the Congressional community safe during very challenging times.
“He has been a great leader and mentor,” Dine continued. “We wish him the best in retirement and his future endeavors.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.