Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced today
that Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Michael O’Looney will resign
effective January 15th, 2004 to join Merrill Lynch as Vice President
“Michael O’Looney is a consummate professional who did an outstanding job of
communicating to the public on behalf of the Police Department during a
historical and transformational period in our history,” Commissioner Raymond W.
Kelly said. “I thank him for his service and wish him only the best in the
months ahead.” Deputy Commissioner O’Looney joined the Police Department in
January 2002. Prior to that he was a correspondent with WCBS Television and CBS
“It has been an honor to serve with the greatest Police Department in the
world. I want to thank Commissioner Kelly for giving me the opportunity. This
has been the most rewarding experience of my life and I have enjoyed every
minute. I have tremendous respect for the talent and dedication of the Executive
Staff and the entire organization. I want to thank Mayor Bloomberg for his
kindness and for leading New York through one of its most difficult periods. I
also want to thank the New York City press corps for doing an outstanding job of
providing one of the most important functions in our society – keeping the
public well informed. I look forward to joining the team at Merrill Lynch,
another world-class organization,” said Deputy Commissioner O’Looney.
Police Commissioner Kelly also announced that Paul J. Browne, Deputy
Commissioner for Administration, will succeed Deputy Commissioner O’Looney
effective January 15. Commissioner Browne began his career in journalism,
serving as the Albany correspondent and bureau chief for various publications,
including the Watertown Daily Times, the New York Law Journal and the New York
Daily News. He was also a long-time stringer for the New York Times in Albany.
He also served as press secretary and chief of staff for the late Senator Daniel
Patrick Moynihan, and in various law enforcement posts in the U.S. Department of
Treasury, U.S. Customs Service, and as Deputy Director of the International
Police Monitors in Haiti.