The NYPD police commissioner William Bratton has resigned from his post and will be gone by the middle of September to take on a private sector job at a firm with ties to the Clintons.
Declan Kelly, the CEO of global consulting firm Teneo Holdings, says the New York Police Department’s outgoing commissioner will head its new risk division this fall.
Kelly says in a statement posted on the company’s website Tuesday that William Bratton brings unique expertise to the job.
The New York-based firm he’s going to was founded by Douglas Band, a former aide to President Bill Clinton.
A longtime aide to current Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, worked for the company in 2012 while also advising Clinton at the State Department.
New York mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters at the press conference: ‘When an opportunity comes along, an opportunity comes along’, regarding Bratton’s decision to move on.
The company says the new division will advise companies and CEOs on a range of issues from cyber security to city planning to crisis response and anti-terrorism.
Bratton announced Tuesday that he’s leaving the NYPD ‘with great reluctance’ in September.
Bratton told de Blasio he was resigning on July 8 but announced it publicly during Tuesday’s conference.
During the conference, Bratton spoke candidly about the city and the mayor.
He called de Blasio a friend, leader and a partner and de Blasio joked that Bratton can now ‘buy him dinner’.
Bratton then spoke of his department.
‘This team is able to grow and move on, and it is now my time to move on.
‘This city and this department will have a seamless transition and there has never been a time in American history when that is more needed than now.
‘As we go forward in the midst of the turmoil in America there is no police department better prepared for the task,’ he said.
Bratton said his goal was to ‘change from being police to being your police’.
‘When you see a policeman, remember that he is your friend.
‘That is the vision and the passion I have had for 45 years.
‘That is happening but it doesn’t happen over night. It’s a challenging time with police in America,’ Bratton said.
When asked if tension from the community instigated the resignation, the mayor responded that it ‘110 percent had nothing to do with this’.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Kalhan Rosenblatt