Transit chief out as NYPD works to roll out Eric Adams’ new mental health plan

The chief in charge of policing the city’s subways will leave the NYPD — while the department scrambles to implement the mayor’s new plan aimed at fixing the underground mental health crisis, The Post has learned.

NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox applied for his retirement Thursday and will officially leave the department on Dec. 30, according to filings obtained by The Post.

Safety in the subway system has been a primary focus of Mayor Eric Adams’ administration as part of the plan for the city’s return to pre-pandemic life.

But just days into 2022, headlines were dominated by the horrifying murder of straphanger Michelle Go at the hands of a mentally unstable homeless man.

What followed throughout the year was a shocking series of acts of violence as serious crime increased by more than 30% compared to 2021.

Pictured is Michelle Go.
Michelle Go was killed by a subway shaker in January.
Stephen Yang

The NYPD has only recently seen signs of a possible drop in crime — with a 13.1% drop in the past four weeks beginning Sunday, according to statistics released Tuesday.

Going by the new numbers, Mayor and MTA Chief Executive Janno Lieber touted the downturn earlier this week as early signs the city and MTA’s plan to flood the subway with police officers is working.

But that progress apparently wasn’t enough for Wilcox to salvage his spot in one of the top NYPD posts, according to sources who have told The Post in recent days that the boss has been on the chopping block.

Pictured is Head of Transit for NYDP Kathleen O'Reilly.
Kathleen O’Reilly, head of the NYPD Housing Bureau, also filed her retirement papers on Thursday.
Daniel William McKnight

The news comes days after Adam’s new mental health policy on dealing with the unstable homeless on the city’s subways and streets got off to a rocky start as NYPD leaders scramble to implement it.

The mayor tried to push back the notion that the department was “bumped” by the new plan on Thursday when he spoke to reporters from Greece – and mentioned that he had worked with Wilcox.

Two other three-star chiefs also filed their papers Thursday: Housing Bureau chief Kathleen O’Reilly and special ops chief Harry Wedin, according to the filings.

O’Reilly was transferred to the dormitory by the patrol chief earlier this year, in what sources described as a demotion.

The news of the retirement comes days after department chief Ken Corey left the department and Jeffrey Maddrey jumped to the top uniformed seat as an actor.

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