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Eric Adams Appoints Brother, a Retired NYPD Sergeant, to Deputy Commissioner Role: Sources

A deputy commissioner role inside the police department typically pays just under a quarter of a million dollars a year, sources said

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Eric Adams is wasting no time filling his administration with familiar faces, as the New York City mayor has appointed his brother to a deputy commissioner position inside the NYPD, multiple sources told NBC New York.

Bernard Adams, a retired NYPD sergeant, will once again serve in the department as a deputy commissioner assigned to the police commissioner's office, according to three sources. The role of deputy commissioner typically pays just under a quarter of a million dollars a year, about $240,000, sources said.

A City Hall spokesperson would not confirm or deny the appointment.

Bernard Adams most recently served as the assistant director of operations for parking and transportation at Virginia Commonwealth University's MCV campus (the university's medical center), according to his LinkedIn profile. He had been in that position since July 2021, after working as a manager in the same department for more than 13 years.

It was the second major appointment of the day on Friday, after it was learned that Adams would be naming a former high-ranking police official with a questionable past as his deputy mayor for public safety.

Former NYPD Chief of Department Phillip Banks confirmed his selection, which had been widely anticipated since Adams’ election, in a guest essay in the New York Daily News. The mayor’s office sent out an official announcement hours after Banks’ essay appeared, but did not respond to questions from The Associated Press regarding his selection.

"I need a partner in government who understands what it takes to keep New Yorkers safe. Phil Banks is that person, and I am grateful for his continued public service in this new role to help our administration deliver the safety we need and the justice we deserve,” Adams said in a statement released by his office.

Appointing Banks to the position revives a role not seen in the Big Apple since the early 1990s.

Banks, a top adviser to Adams, has been helping to reshape the police department for the new mayor’s administration, taking a leading role in the search that led to the appointment of Keechant Sewell as the city’s first female police commissioner.

Adams, a former police captain, has given outsize attention to his old department in his first week on the job, accompanying Sewell to events and addressing officers one morning at roll call.

Typically, the police commissioner reports directly to the mayor and has final say on hiring and disciplinary issues. It was not immediately clear how that might change with Banks also taking on a public safety leadership role.

Adams previously selected Banks’ brother David Banks to serve as the city’s schools chancellor.

The New York Post reported last month that former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best lost out on the commissioner’s job after raising concerns that she would have to report to a deputy mayor for public safety, weakening the authority and power of the commissioner.

Philip Banks abruptly quit the police department in 2014 after then-Commissioner William Bratton announced his promotion to First Deputy Commissioner. It was later revealed he was an unindicted co-conspirator in a police bribery scheme.

Court papers showed federal investigators obtained approval for a wiretap on Banks’ cellphone the day before he resigned amid questions about $300,000 that wound up in bank accounts belonging to him and his wife.

Banks denied any wrongdoing but apologized for what he said was a mistake in interacting with two men who went to prison for their involvement in the bribery scheme.

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Banks said he had invested his money with one of the men, a fundraiser for former Mayor Bill de Blasio, because he had believed he was a legitimate businessman.

“I never broke the law, nor did I ever betray the public trust by abusing my authority as an NYPD official,” Banks wrote in his guest essay.

“The central theme of the reports about my involvement in the corruption scheme was that I was party to it; that I traded favors as a senior NYPD official for some form of compensation. That is 100% false,” Banks wrote.

He also denied that he left the NYPD to avoid a departmental disciplinary trial on the investigation, calling the suggestion “completely false.”

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