New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today swore
in Simon Gourdine as the New York City Police Department's Deputy Commissioner
of Trials at a promotion ceremony at One Police Plaza.
"I am pleased to appoint Simon to this important position. His
immense qualifications and vast legal experience will be a major asset to the
Department," Commissioner Kelly said.
Gourdine, 62, a life-long New Yorker, has served in several
high-ranking positions within the New York City government. He served as General
Counsel to the School's Chancellor; Director of Labor Relations
Metropolitan Transit Authority; Commissioner of the Department of Consumer
Affairs; Secretary of The Rockefeller Foundation; and in the U.S. Attorney's
Officer, Southern District of New York.
From 1970 to 1982, Gourdine served as the Deputy Commissioner
and Chief Operating Officer of the National Basketball Association, and from
1990 to 1996 as the Executive Director of the National Basketball Players
Association. He has a graduate degree from Harvard University's Business
Administration Program for Management Development and a Juris Doctor degree from
Fordham University Law School.
Since 1974, Gourdine has been a Member of the Board of Directors
for the Police Athletic League; and since 1985 a Member of the Board of
Directors for the Fresh Air Fund. In addition, he is a veteran of the Vietnam
War, and was honorably discharged as a Captain in the U.S. Army in