The first Black Female to led the largest city Police Dept. in America, Keechant Sewell, has submitted her resignation…..
She worked for a Mayor who was a cop himself…..
On Monday afternoon, Keechant Sewell, the commissioner of the New York Police Department, walked into Mayor Eric Adams’s office unannounced, according to a mayoral adviser.
The two met alone and spoke for about 15 minutes. Then, about a half an hour later, at around 4:30 p.m., she sent a departmentwide email that rocked City Hall and stunned the 34,000 officers who received it. In it, Ms. Sewell said she would step down.
Ms. Sewell, 51, a guarded official known for a detached professionalism, had given few signs that she was unhappy. In the weeks before her announcement — and the day after — she made the kind of public appearances expected of a commissioner: ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, walking in the Puerto Rican Day Parade and speaking at promotion and memorial ceremonies.
On Tuesday morning, the police commissioner for less than 18 months spoke to high school students being honored by the Police Athletic League, including one who had been awarded the title “Police Commissioner for a Day.” She told them that law enforcement was a fulfilling career: “The N.Y.P.D. and our city need more young people who are problem solvers.”
However, Ms. Sewell said nothing about her own frustrations. Only a few of her closest aides had known she would be announcing her resignation, according to people with knowledge of the commissioner’s plans….
“The time I have spent in our communities — meeting everyday New Yorkers — has been among the most rewarding experiences of my tenure,” she wrote.
Mr. Adams on Tuesday began an unrelated news conference by saying that Ms. Sewell was “probably my proudest appointment,” but acknowledged that he was a deeply involved manager.
image….Mayor Eric Adams praised Ms. Sewell, but also said he was a deeply involved manager.Credit…Spencer Platt/Getty