Names being floated to replace NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell after her sudden exit
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell’s sudden resignation announcement on Monday sent shockwaves throughout the department and City Hall. It remains unclear who will be appointed to lead the nation’s largest police force, but rumors are swirling with the names of several of Mayor Eric Adams’ allies being floated as possible replacements, according to sources close to the matter.
As of Monday evening, it is also unclear when Sewell’s resignation will take effect. City officials have not confirmed whether the announcement to the NYPD’s approximately 55,000 members will be immediate or in 30 days, a standard practice for high-level departures.
Among the rumored short-list for the department’s new leader are:
Edward Caban, NYPD’s First Deputy Commissioner who will assume the role of top-cop in the absence of a commissioner. Caban is notably close with Mayor Adams and is the highest-ranking Hispanic member of the force. But he has also been wrapped up in controversies such as the NYPD exam scandal of the mid-1990s and the use of his work car for personal use.
Jeffrey Maddrey, Chief of Department and the highest-ranking police officer who has been dogged by controversy most recently over a complaint that he abused his authority by voiding the arrest of a former cop. The complaint erupted in further turmoil in the upper ranks after Sewell decided to discipline Maddrey over the incident.
Phil Banks, Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, who also served as the NYPD’s chief of department under Commissioner Bill Bratton. Banks’ reputation was tainted by his alleged unindicted involvement in one of the NYPD’s largest corruption scandals.
While it is still uncertain who has the best chance of being appointed, one source said the Adams administration may look outside of their circle, as they did during the transition period when the mayor was finding his Cabinet.
Who is replacing Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell?
As of now, it remains unclear who will replace Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who announced her resignation on Monday. Rumors have been circulating with the names of several of Mayor Eric Adams’ allies being floated as possible replacements, according to sources close to the matter.
When will Sewell’s resignation take effect?
It is currently unknown when Sewell’s resignation will take effect. City officials have not confirmed whether the announcement to the NYPD’s approximately 55,000 members will be immediate or in 30 days, a standard practice for high-level departures.
Who are the rumored short-list for the department’s new leader?
Edward Caban, NYPD’s First Deputy Commissioner, Jeffrey Maddrey, Chief of Department, and Phil Banks, Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, are among the rumored short-list for the department’s new leader. However, it is still uncertain who has the best chance of being appointed.
New candidates under consideration as replacements for NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell who exited abruptly
The New York Police Department has been left reeling following the abrupt resignation of its top cop, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, on Monday. Mayor Eric Adams has yet to announce who will be tapped to lead the largest police force in the country, but rumors are swirling regarding several potential candidates. It remains unclear whether Sewell’s resignation, announced to the NYPD’s approximately 55,000 members, will take effect immediately or after the typical 30-day period for high-level departures.
Among the names being floated to replace Sewell is First Deputy Commissioner Edward Caban, who would step into the role in her absence. Caban has been with the NYPD for over three decades and was plucked by the mayor’s transition team to serve in the second-highest spot in a civilian role. Considered a close ally of Mayor Adams, Caban would make history as the first Hispanic police commissioner in the NYPD if selected.
Another potential candidate is Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey, the department’s highest-ranking police officer. Despite boasting that he would be chief of the department under Adams before the Mayor took office, Maddrey has faced controversy recently. The Civilian Complaint Review Board recently sustained allegations against him, ruling that he had abused his authority by voiding the arrest of a former police officer accused of waving a firearm at a group of kids. The complaint sparked a power struggle between Maddrey and City Hall, contributing to a rift between the commissioner and the Chief.
A third candidate frequently touted is Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Phil Banks, a former chief of department under Bill Bratton. Banks is a longtime friend of Adams but was named an unindicted co-conspirator in one of the NYPD’s biggest corruption scandals. Banks has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in the scandal but abruptly resigned in 2014 due to a rift between him and Bratton, which later emerged to be related to hundreds of thousands of dollars in his account, prompting federal questions.
Despite the rumors and speculation, the Adams administration may opt to appoint an external candidate to replace Sewell, just as they did during the transition period. At present, it’s all just “speculation,” a source said.