New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams, elected in November, announced that the city would have a woman as its police commissioner for the first time in its 176-year history. New York media reported Tuesday (local time).
Adams, himself a former police captain in New York, will introduce Keechant Sewell at a press conference in Queens on Wednesday.
“Keechant Sewell is a proven crime-fighter with the experience and emotional intelligence to provide both the security New Yorkers need and the justice they deserve,” Adams said in a statement published by the Daily News.
Sewell has been a police officer for 23 years in Nassau County, a Long Island district near New York City. She now heads the investigative department.
If in due course – Adams won’t be mayor until January – accepts the nomination, she will become New York’s third black police commissioner.