New York, NY – New York City’s Democratic mayoral candidate promised again after he got the nomination on Tuesday that he would appoint the first female New York Police Department (NYPD) commissioner if he is elected to office.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former NYPD captain, made the pledge to hire a woman during a mayoral forum with WPIX in May.
“I have three people I have communicated with,” Adams said.
“What I’m looking for is a person that has a story to tell,” he continued. “I don’t want a person that does not understand what it means to have the power to take liberty from individuals and that’s what has happened far too often.”
Then the candidate explained his thought processes, the New York Post reported.
“When I sat down and communicated with these potential commissioners, I wanted their stories, I wanted their narratives — who are you as a person,” he said. “We’re so busy looking for people who are academically smart, I’m looking for people who are emotionally intelligent and that’s what I’m going to be looking for as commissioner.”
A source told the New York Post that NYPD Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes was at the top of Adams’ list.
Chief Holmes is NYPD’s first female chief of patrol, the New York Post reported.
“She can navigate the politics, but she also knows what it means to be a cop trying to police in this environment,” the NYPD source said, referring to the current anti-police culture in the city.
Adams’ won the Democratic nomination for the New York City mayoral race on July 6, and he reiterated his plan to appoint a female commissioner, the New York Post reported.
“I’ve made it clear that my police commissioner is going to be a woman,” Adams told Bloomberg. “We’re going to finally bring the entire city, the largest police department in the country, into the 21st century of woman leadership in law enforcement.”
Sources said Adams was also considering NYPD Transportation Bureau Chief Kim Royster, NYPD Chief of Brooklyn North Judith Harrison, and NYPD Assistant Chief Donna Jones, the New York Post reported.
Chief Jones is the third black female assistant chief in the NYPD’s history.
NYPD currently has five female deputy commissioners and six female chiefs, WNBC reported.