NYPD Chief Terence Monahan will serve as a senior adviser at City Hall when he retires as the department’s top uniformed cop, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
Mohan, 59, will work with the mayor and new Big Apple “Recovery Caesar” Lorraine Grillo as senior advisor for recovery, safety and planning, the mayor said at a news conference.
“It is the largest city, so it is a true honor for me to serve the people of this city and help ensure its recovery,” Monahan said.
“Quitting the NYPD is probably the hardest decision I’ve ever made in my life,” Monahan said. “There are no words to really explain what it means for me to be a part of NYPD’s stored history.”
The mayor also confirmed that Detective chief Rodney Harrison will be the new head of the department, as The Post reported on Wednesday.
The Post revealed on Wednesday that Monahan, who has held the top uniformed position of the NYPD since 2018, will step down and retire.
Born in 1982, the Bronx-born chief was the 40th top cop in the 36,000-member department after joining the force and rising through the ranks.
But Mona’s department was ignited by the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis, which sparked global demonstrations reflecting police brutality.
In January, the state’s Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit in which Big Apple police violated the protesters’ civil rights and accused the NYPD of not adequately training officers to handle the unrest.
The trial cited the “mayor and police leadership” for their lack.
Sources told The Post that Monahan is expected to be grilled next week by the Civil Grievance Review Board on the police’s tactics during the protests.
However, de Blasio said during his press briefing on Thursday morning that the Chief Minister’s retirement has not been tied to the Attorney General’s lawsuit.
Harrison, who has been working with the uniformed ranks, has been with the NYPD since 1992, and has served in station warehouses in the Bronx and Brooklyn.
He also served in the department’s internal affairs bureau and became the first black chief of detectives when he was promoted to the post in December 2019.