MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A published report said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was offered the top position in the Nassau County Police Department on Long Island, but he politely said no thank you.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Saturday, Newsday reported a city law enforcement official said Kelly was “gracious” as he declined the offer to take over for Thomas Dale, who resigned last week after prosecutors found he directed officers to pull over a county bus in October and arrest a witness involved in an election year dispute.

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Kelly is the longest-serving police commissioner in New York City history.

He has held the post since 2002 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Under his watch, crime has dropped and the city avoided a terror attack. But minorities say they felt targeted by some policies.

He announced last week that upon his retirement at the end of the month, he will be going to work for the Greater Talent Network as a public speaker.

The Greater Talent Network’s speakers’ bureau is home to authors Sebastian Junger and Nicholas Sparks, as well as former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark and former National Security adviser Tom Donilon.

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Kelly’s speaker’s fee was not disclosed.

William Bratton will return as the new NYPD commissioner starting next year.

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