The NYPD underwent a massive restructuring on Friday, with 18 changes in police leadership announced – just two days after department head Jeffrey Maddrey took the reins, The Post has learned.
Action included the appointment of Deputy Chief John Chell – a close friend of the department’s new senior uniformed officer – as chief of patrol, according to instructions sent to the department.
In 2008 then-Lt. Chell fatally shot 25-year-old Ortanzso Bovell when the police officer was struck sideways by the stolen car Bovell was driving and the officer’s firearm accidentally went off, killing the man, Chell said.
In 2017, the city was ordered to pay $2.5 million after a jury found that Chell “deliberately” shot Bovell.
In Friday’s other changes, Deputy Chief Michael Kemper will take over as Deputy Chief of the NYPD’s Transit Division — which was fired by Chief Jason Wilcox, who was pushed out of the job after less than a year in the role.
Wilcox applied for his retirement Thursday as the department scrambles to implement the mayor’s new plan aimed at fixing the underground mental health crisis.
Assistant Chief Martine Materasso has also been enlisted as acting Chief of Housing and Assistant Chief Wilson Aramboles will serve as Deputy Chief of Special Ops.
Brooklyn North’s first female commander, Judith Harrison, has been appointed to lead the counterterrorism division, and Chief Thomas Galati will serve as chief of intelligence and counterterrorism, the order said.
Among the other movements:
- Deputy Chief Miguel Iglesias was appointed Chief of Internal Affairs.
- Deputy Chief Galen D. Frierson was promoted to commanding officer of the Criminal Justice Bureau.
- Deputy Chief Edward Winski has been appointed Executive Officer of the Risk Management Bureau.
- Deputy Chief Carlos Valdez will serve as the commanding officer of the Emergency Services Unit.
- Deputy Chief Charles McEvoy was promoted to commanding officer of the Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.
- Deputy Chief Scott M. Henderson will serve as the commanding officer of the Patrol Borough Brooklyn North.
- Deputy Chief Christine Bastedenbeck was appointed Commander of the Patrol Borough Queens North.
- Deputy Chief John B. Hart was appointed Commanding Officer of the Intelligence Division.
- Deputy Chief Benjamin Gurley was promoted to Executive Officer of the Division Chief.
- Inspector Tania Kinsella has been appointed Executive Officer of the Patrol Services Bureau.
- Inspector Janice L. Holmes has been appointed Executive Officer of the Intelligence Division.
- Inspector Robert Rios will serve as Executive Officer of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Bureau.
“The changes announced today are the first in a series of innovative moves that will consolidate and streamline the department’s organizational structure to achieve maximum efficiency and ensure effective use of resources,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said in an email to everyone NYPD.
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