Several outlets reported Friday that Eric Adams, the newly sworn-in mayor of New York City, made the controversial decision of choosing his brother to be the New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner of police.
Bernard Adams is now expected to join more than a dozen deputy commissioners, appointed in various areas of expertise and reporting directly to NYPD Commissioner Kishant Sewell, the first woman — and first black woman — to lead the department.
The New York Times reported that Bernard Adams retired as a NYPD sergeant in 2006. His LinkedIn profile states that he has been managing parking and transportation at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2008.
As the largest police force in the country, the NYPD is funded by billions of dollars more than any other major city. The mayor’s brother’s salary is not yet known, but other deputy commissioners earn salaries in excess of $200,000 a year.
As a candidate, Eric Adams has largely stood out for his law enforcement credentials, having retired as a force commander in the same year with his younger brother before moving on to a career in politics.
His first week in office was lively and controversial. Gothamist reported that Adams, surrounded by reporters while riding the New York City subway to his office, called 911 to report an assault on his first day of work.
Adams drew criticism on Tuesday with comments on “low-skilled workers such as cooks, reporters and Dunkin’ Donuts employees” that appeared to underestimate their economic and social contributions. (Adams said, “They don’t have the academic skills to sit in a corner desk.”) New York representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), criticized the new mayor, saying that the idea that “any job is ‘low skill’” is a myth perpetuated by wealthy interests to justify inhumane working conditions. , limited/no health care, and low wages.”
He made another controversial appointment this week. It emerged Friday that former New York Police Department Chief Philip Banks III would be the city’s deputy mayor for public safety, despite his resignation in 2014 under a cloud of corruption allegations.