NEW YORK (PIX11) – That didn’t take long.
Just hours after Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano announced her resignation Friday, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s name was presented as her replacement. The most public support came from New York Senator Charles Schumer, releasing a statement saying:
“The Department of Homeland Security is one of the most important agencies in the federal government. It’s leader needs to be someone who knows law enforcement, understands anti-terrorism efforts, and is a top-notch administrator, and at the NYPD, Ray Kelly has proven that he excels in all three. As a former head of the Customs and Border patrol, he has top-level federal management experience. There is no doubt Ray Kelly would be a great DHS Secretary, and I have urged the White House to very seriously consider his candidacy. While it would be New York’s loss, Commissioner Kelly’s appointment as the head of DHS would be a great boon for the entire country. Janet Napolitano has done an outstanding job, and if I had to give her a grade on her tenure, it would be ‘A+’. We need someone just as good who can fill her shoes.”
The NYPD’S public affairs office had no comment on the matter.
The Police Commissioner had no public appearances but the political horizon for Kelly suggests reasons he might take the position.
Kelly has six months left to his tenure when a new mayor will take over.
It is unclear if a new mayor would keep Kelly in the position or if the 71-year-old Commissioner would even want to stay.
While Kelly would make millions if he were to transfer into the private sector, those close to him say his drive for public safety would likely outweigh income.