The NYPD promoted three top chiefs, several civilian commanders and minted new sergeants, lieutenants, detectives and civilians in a packed promotion ceremony on Wednesday at One Police Plaza.
Among those promoted included the new Chief of Housing, David Barrere, a 30-year veteran of the force. Other top cops promoted today include 39-year cop, Assistant Chief Galen Frierson, who now serves as commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North.
Also promoted was Deputy Chief Julie Morrill who has 19-years on the job and currently serves as Commanding officer of Detective Bureau Queens North.
On the civilian side, the NYPD swore in Richard Esposito as the new Deputy Commissioner of Public Information. Esposito spent his career as a journalist and media executive in print, digital and television.
He most recently worked at ABC News, where he notably was Investigative Producer of the six-part ABC Lincoln Square Productions historical documentary of the events of the year 1969 that aired last year. He is a five-time Emmy award winner.
John Miller, a long-time reporter for local television stations, was the last journalist to be hired to the job from CBS. He currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for Counter-Terrorism.
Also promoted were 28 sergeants to lieutenant, 29 patrol officers to sergeants and 29 cops to detective. There were also numerous civilian employees promoted in the ceremony including Rosalie Bonaccorso, who was promoted to secretary level IIA and whose plaque was delivered personally by Commissioner Dermot Shea from the stage.
“It’s a critical time for us as we now have protect New York City since 1845,” Commissioner Shea said as he showed off a new logo touting the department’s 175th anniversary.
“Our vision is in sharp focus and we are confident that we have the right people in the right places,” Shea added. “All of our promotees worked extremely hard to get to these seats and you are the reason why this city is safe today.”