NYPD Chief Terence Monahan will serve as a senior adviser at City Hall after he retires as the department’s top uniformed cop, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
Monahan, 59, will work with the mayor and new Big Apple “recovery czar” Lorraine Grillo as de Blasio’s senior adviser for recovery, safety, and planning, the mayor said at a press conference.
“This is the greatest city, so for me to continue serving the people of this city and helping to ensure its recovery, is a true honor,” Monahan said, vowing to help the city dig out from the year-long coronavirus lockdown.
“There’s no doubt that COVID has changed our lives, and although the effects of this pandemic are tragic and unprecedented, New York City has proven its resilience time after time, whether it was 911, Hurricane Sandy, the city always emerges stronger,” he said. “It’s the innovation, the hard work, and that New York attitude that’s known around the world.”
Monahan also said that “leaving the NYPD is probably the toughest decision I’ve ever made in my life,” Monahan added. “There are truly no words to describe what it means to me to be a part of the NYPD’s storied history.”
The mayor also confirmed that Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison will be the new chief of department, as The Post reported Wednesday.
The Post learned Wednesday that Monahan, who held the NYPD’s top uniformed post since 2018, would be stepping down and retiring.
The Bronx-born chief was the 36,000-member department’s 40th top cop after joining the force in 1982 and rising through the ranks.
But Monahan’s department has been under fire for its handling of Black Lives Matter protests after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked global demonstrations denouncing police brutality.
In January, state Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit claiming Big Apple cops violated the civil rights of protesters and accusing the NYPD of not adequately training officers to handle the unrest.
The lawsuit cited “the mayor and police leadership” for their lack of oversight.
Monahan is expected to be grilled next week by the Civilian Complaint Review Board over police tactics during the protests, sources told The Post.
However, de Blasio maintained during his press briefing Thursday morning that the chief’s retirement was not tied to the Attorney General’s lawsuit.
Harrison, who will be taking over atop the uniformed ranks, has been with the NYPD since 1992, and served in stationhouses in the Bronx and Brooklyn.
He also served in the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau and became the first black chief of detectives when he was promoted to the post in December 2019.
“I believe I’m the third African-America to be the chief of department, and I’m flattered,” Harrison said Thursday. “But I also want to make sure this is somewhat clear: I’m also qualified for the position.”
“I’ve worked in every single borough. I know the city like the back of my hand,” he said. “I’ve been in the trenches. I’ve been out there with the men and woman to do what had to be done to keep this city safe.”