New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has received widespread criticism for his handling of multiple issues impacting the city this year.
For NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo, the Democratic mayor’s micromanagement of local cops was enough to convince him to submit his resignation this week, as reported by Fox News.
Pichardo was appointed to the position late last year, putting him in charge of more than 20,000 uniformed officers on the force.
The highest-ranking Hispanic member of the department, he reportedly stepped down after losing patience with de Blasio’s style of communication and accountability. One source quoted by Fox News said that the mayor frequently “loses his s*** about missed phone calls.”
It was such a blowup that finally convinced Pichardo to walk away from the department following a long shift working at an anti-lockdown protest in Brooklyn, the source said.
In another incident, de Blasio allegedly texted Pichardo repeatedly regarding a house party in the Bronx.
“This is nothing but inappropriate meddling from a person who doesn’t know anything about patrol — even though he has been here for seven years,” a source said.
“Someone I hold in high regard”
While Pichardo has not revealed a specific cause for his resignation, the mayor claimed that reports he influenced the decision is “not accurate” and that it was a personal choice.
“We have rarely disagreed in these months working closely together in very very tough times,” de Blasio said. “He is someone I hold in high regard. We all tried to see if there was a way to convince him to try and stay but it was a personal decision.”
Pichardo did tweet his thanks to de Blasio and Dermot Shea, the city’s police commissioner, for their trust and support during his tenure. Calling the outgoing chief “one hell of a man,” Shea’s sendoff affirmed that Pichardo would be an asset wherever he ends up next.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the NYPD and the people of this great city,” Pichardo added.
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch weighed in with his take on the contributing factors: “This is what happens when elected officials play political games with police department operations. Our top talent in all ranks is being driven out the door and public safety is suffering. City Hall’s amateur-hour meddling has left the NYPD broken, almost beyond repair.”