NEW YORK — A new mayor means a new boss at the NYPD next year — and she’ll have her hands full dealing with the city’s surging gun violence, cops’ sagging morale and the department’s frayed community relations.
Yes, the commissioner will likely be a “she.”
Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams — who is widely expected to defeat GOP candidate Curtis Sliwa in overwhelmingly Democratic New York City — has promised to put a woman in the job.
But who it will be is anyone’s guess. “He is casting a wide net,” said a source close to the candidate.
Adams might shake up the department with an outsider.
Carmen Best, the former Seattle police chief; Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who is now practicing law at the white-shoe firm Paul Weiss, are believed to be the non-NYPD candidates under consideration.
If Lynch gets the nod it could be seen as a step down — from America’s top law enforcement official to the head of the nation’s largest police force.
But an NYPD source said with Lynch now in private practice a move to the top floor of One Police Plaza would be a jump back into the limelight.
“She’s certainly qualified,” the source said. “She has the resume.”
Several internal candidates are also believed to be in the mix.