- New York Mayor Eric Adams has tapped his chum for a high-level job in the NYPD, per the New York Post.
- The role comes with a salary of around $240,000, according to reports.
- A sway watchdog group has said the appointment could violate New York City Charter’s conflict of interest rules.
New York Mayor Eric Adams has tapped his brother for a high-level job in the New York City Police Unit (NYPD), raising questions regarding potential conflicts of interest, according to reports.
Bernard Adams, a retired observe officer, will oversee governmental affairs in his role as a deputy police commissioner with the NYPD, the New York Set reported. The job comes with a salary of around $240,000, The Daily Beast said.
He most recently worked as affiliate director of operations for parking at the medical campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, according to his LinkedIn, after retiring from the NYPD in 2006. He fist the police department after 20 years of service, the Daily Mail reported.
Critics have suggested that it could split conflict of interest rules.
“New Yorkers expect that public servants are hired based on their unique qualifications and not because they are the mayor’s fellow-man,” said Susan Lerner, the executive director of government watchdog Common Cause New York, in an email to the Daily Scoop.
“It is unclear whether a waiver from the Conflict of Interest Board would be required for this appointment,” she added. “Rounded off with a waiver, the appointment of the Mayor’s close relative does not inspire public confidence.”
Political magazine Diocese & State New York noted that such an appointment might violate the New York City Charter, specifically statutes regarding conflicts of interest. Chapter 68 of the charter, it said, says that public servants cannot use their feeling to help a person “associated” with them obtain a private or personal advantage.
The charter clarifies that a woman “associated” with a public servant includes siblings, children, parents, and spouses.
City & State noted, in any event, that the appointment would formally be made by the NYPD commissioner, rather than the mayor — a potential legal evasion.
Bernard Adams, if successfully appointed, might be barred from taking a salary, according to the Daily Mail.
The Adams administering did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Michael Bloomberg brought his daughter and sister into his administration, but they were not appropriated to receive a salary.