Adams to name top cop, schools boss after Thanksgiving



Mayor-elect Eric Adams will start naming key members of his administration after Thanksgiving, he said Friday.

“I will be rolling out my first two announcements. They are going to be my [schools] chancellor and police commissioner,” Adams said Friday at ribbon cutting for a new library at a Brooklyn public high school.

“I want to do it after Thanksgiving,” Adams said.

A campaign source told The Post the announcements are expected around early December.

The outgoing Brooklyn borough president said the No. 1 criteria for his Dept. of Education chief is someone with “social emotional intelligence.”

“I need a chancellor that understands the development of the full personhood of our children, particularly in Black, Brown and immigrant communities,” Adams said, citing student health and cultural enrichment in addition to academic achievement.

“I haven’t identified exactly who it is,” Adams said.

“I have an extremely short, short, short, short list,” he added.

David Banks, right, with council member Vanessa L. Gibson.
David Banks,right, is a former Bronx school principal who helped in launching the Eagle Academy, a group of six public schools that almost exclusively serve boys of color to boost graduation rates for underserved student communities.

Sources told The Post the leading contender is David C. Banks, who’s been advising Adams on education during the transition. Banks is the president of The Eagle Academy Foundation– a network of largely minority, all-boys schools that are a hybrid of a charter and public model– with several campuses across the city.

Adams also has a short list of potential top cops. The all-female candidates include former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, Philadelphia top cop Danielle Outlaw and former Newark Police Chief Ivonne Roman

Carmen Best, who is being considered for Adam's administration.
Carmen Best had a 28-year career with the Seattle Police Department, serving as police chief for only a few months before resigning after the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone was created.
AP / Elaine Thompson

In terms of filling out the rest of his cabinet, Adams said he’d take a close look at existing talent.

“I’m going to look at every individual in de Blasio’s administration to see who is able to remain,” Adams said, when asked by a reporter if he plans to “clean house” when he takes office on Jan. 1

“For someone to come in and say, ‘Ok just because you were part of de Blasio’s administration you just leave, that makes no sense at all,” he said.


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