Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today appointed a new Chief of Transit, and new Commanding Officers of the School Safety Division and Domestic Violence Unit. The promotions were announced during a ceremony at One Police Plaza.
Joseph Fox, a 30-year veteran of the Department, became Chief of Transit, a three-star bureau chief. Chief Fox will oversee security in the New York City subway system, including 468 subway stations and a force of approximately 2,600 officers. Chief Fox succeeds Raymond Diaz, who retired last week after a 41-year career with the NYPD.
Police Commissioner Kelly said, “Although subway crime is down to six index crimes per day compared to 48 per day in 1990, protecting millions of commuters from both conventional crime and terrorist attack is a significant challenge. In the time that Chief Fox served as commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, crime fell by more than 50%. Securing the subways is one of our highest priorities, and the system will be in capable hands with Chief Fox.”
Chief Fox previously commanded Patrol Borough Queens South, the Office of the Chief of Internal Affairs Bureau, the Office of the Deputy Commissioner Training and the 71st Precinct.
Brian J. Conroy was promoted to Assistant Chief, becoming Commanding Officer of the School Safety Division. Assistant Chief Conroy was most recently Commanding Officer of the Vice Enforcement Division. He also has commanded Midtown South Precinct, and the 7th and 9th Precincts.
Kevin G. O’Connor, a 23-year veteran of the police department and past recipient of the department’s Medal for Merit, was promoted to Assistant Commissioner. Assistant Commissioner O’Connor will manage a new juvenile justice division within the Community Affairs Bureau. Previously, Commissioner O’Connor served as a Lieutenant in Internal Affairs and Patrol Borough Manhattan North where he devised strategies to reduce juvenile crime, recidivism and delinquency.
William Aubry was promoted to Deputy Chief and is the Commanding Officer of the Forensic Investigations Division. Deputy Chief Aubry oversaw the Bomb Squad and the Crime Scene Unit during the investigation into the 2010 attempted car bombing in Times Square, which helped lead investigators to identify and apprehend the culprit, Faisal Shahzad. Aubry has also commanded the 67th and 68th Precincts, and served as the Executive Officer of the Office of the First Deputy Commissioner.
James Murtagh was promoted to Deputy Chief and is the Executive Officer of the Personnel Bureau. Deputy Chief Murtagh has previously commanded the 19th and 20th Precincts.
Edward A. Thompson was promoted to Deputy Chief and is the Commanding Officer of the Office of the Chief of Internal Affairs. Deputy Chief Thompson has previously commanded other units within IAB and the Youth Services Section.
Joseph Dowling, Robert Lukach, and Kathleen O’Reilly were promoted to Inspector.
Inspector Dowling, a 22-year veteran of the police department, is the Commanding Officer of the 52 Precinct. He formerly commanded the 33rd Precinct and specialized units in Patrol Borough Bronx and the Detective Bureau Bronx.
Inspector Lukach serves as Executive Officer of the Emergency Services Unit and is the NYPD team leader for New York Task Force 1, which deployed to Haiti in January 2010 and ultimately rescued six earthquake victims in devastated Port-au-Prince.
With her promotion, Inspector O’Reilly assumes command of the Domestic Violence Unit under Chief of Department Joseph Esposito. Previously, Inspector O’Reilly was the Commanding Officer of the 24th and Central Park Precincts.
Promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector were John Hart of the 17th Precinct, Michael Riggio of the Counterterrorism Division CBRNE/Maritime Section, and Daniel McNulty of the Transportation Bureau.
Also promoted Tuesday were 14 to the rank of Captain; 41 to Lieutenant; 82 to Sergeant, of whom four are Sergeant Supervisors; and 22 to Detective. Civilian promotions included an agency attorney, a technology project manager, three traffic enforcement agents, 13 criminalists, two police communications technicians, and 21 senior police administrative aides.