NYC Mayor Eric Adams Raises Conflict-of-Interest Questions After Appointing His Brother as Deputy NYPD Commissioner

Eric Adams’ younger brother, Bernard, who is a 56-year-old retired NYPD officer, said he will oversee governmental affairs for the NYPD. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Mayor Eric Adams on Friday named his younger brother as a deputy NYPD commissioner, police sources said — a move that immediately raised conflict-of-interest questions.

Bernard Adams was assigned to the office of new Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, sources said. The post — which comes with a yearly salary of around $240,000, according to SeeThroughNY.net — is believed to be temporary. Sources expect Bernard Adams to be transferred elsewhere once other high-level personnel moves are finalized.

The mayor’s office did not answer a request for comment.

Bernard Adams, who is five years younger than the mayor, retired with the rank of sergeant after 20 years of service in 2006. The mayor, 61, retired from the NYPD as a captain.

While the jump to deputy commissioner, a civilian position, is not without precedent, observers at One Police Plaza could not recall any mayor in recent memory having a relative so high up in the Police Department.

The appointment by Mayor Adams, who won office on a tough-on-crime platform, raised eyebrows among government watchdogs.

“New Yorkers expect that public servants are hired based on their unique qualifications and not because they are the mayor’s brother,” Common Cause New York’s Executive Director Susan Lerner said in an email.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Rocco Parascandola, Tim Balk, Chris Sommerfeldt, and Shant Shahrigian