Bill de Blasio’s security chief Howard Redmond pleads guilty

Howard Redmond, the disgraced NYPD inspector who headed former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s security department, pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstruction and tampering for interfering in a city investigation into his former boss.

Redmond, 58, was sentenced to 70 hours of community service in Manhattan Criminal Court after he turned himself in earlier in the day for blocking an investigation by the city’s Department of Investigations into the former mayor’s alleged misuse of his security credentials during his unworldly 2020 presidential bid .

“I would like to apologize to the Department of Investigation for not taking your investigation seriously,” Redmond told Judge Laurie Peterson during his arraignment.

The disgraced police officer – who was suspended from the NYPD last month before being fired – pleaded guilty to two counts: tampering with evidence, obstruction of government administration and official misconduct.

Peterson handed down the sentence on condition that Redmond show the court evidence that he was convicted by the NYPD.

Manhattan prosecutors have been considering criminal charges against Redmond since 2021 after the city’s Department of Investigations found that he “actively obstructed and attempted to thwart” investigations into de Blasio’s expenses.

The veteran police officer was suspended without pay from the NYPD on July 11, pending charges hanging over him.

NYPD Inspector Howard Redmond, left, with his attorney.
NYPD Inspector Howard Redmond (left) appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday and is charged with obstruction.
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He was later “released” from the department, police said on Wednesday, without giving further details.

According to a 49-page report released in October 2021, the NYPD paid $319,794 for department security to accompany de Blasio on his campaign tour of the country — including to attend a game of the to participate in the Red Sox.

Former DOI commissioner Margaret Garnett said at the time that the mayor’s son, Dante de Blasio, even used his father’s security service as a “concierge service.”

Commando members “occasionally” also chauffeured de Blasio’s campaign staff.

Redmond, who headed the then-mayor’s department, was the only person in the investigation referred by the DOI to potential criminal charges to prosecutors, who found he was “actively obstructing and attempting to thwart” the investigation.

Bill de Blasio's NYPD security guard.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio was investigated for using his security credentials in his failed presidential bid and allegedly amassing more than $300,000, including by attending a Boston Red Sox game.
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Former Mayor Bill de Blasio.
According to a 2021 report by the city’s Department of Investigations, de Blasio used commando to chauffeur his son Dante around town.
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The DOI said Redmond refused to give up his cellphone for months and only did so after a supervisor ordered him to do so.

According to the DOI report, he allegedly first destroyed the phone “under the pretense of obtaining an improved device.”

The report also accused the head of the Executive Protection Unit of ordering subordinates “to bar the NYPD from access to EPU communications.”

“DOI has concluded that the NYPD inspector in charge of First Family Security actively obstructed and attempted to thwart these investigations, frustrating DOI’s efforts to obtain the full facts of these allegations “, says the report.

NYPD Inspector Howard Redmond.
Redmond (left), who was suspended last month, is accused of interfering in an investigation into de Blasio.
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Redmond turned himself in at the courthouse just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was wearing a dark suit and blue patterned tie and was accompanied by his attorney, Louis La Pietra.

He was charged later in the day.

De Blasio could not be immediately reached for comment.

Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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