Former 911 dispatcher and friend of Eric Adams is earning $241,000 

Former 911 dispatcher and friend of NYC Mayor Eric Adams – who rented a room to him – is now one of his HIGHEST paid staff members earning $241,000 a year

  • Lisa White was appointed commissioner for employee relations by the NYPD in May, a position which came with a $241,000 per year salary
  • White previously earned just $53,000 following a 24 years as a 911 operator
  • In addition to her six-figure salary, White also brings in a $30,000 per year pension
  •  Eric Adams and White go a long way back, and are such close friends that the mayor even rented a room in her Crown Heights apartment from 2013 to 2017

A former 911 dispatcher and longtime friend of New York City Mayor Eric Adams currently holds one of the highest paying jobs in the city.

Lisa White was appointed commissioner for employee relations by the NYPD in May – a position which came with a $241,000 per year salary – after earning just $53,000 following a 24 years as a 911 operator. 

In addition to her six-figure salary, White also brings in a $30,000 per year pension.

Adams and White go a long way back, and are such close friends that the mayor even rented a room in her Crown Heights apartment from 2013 to 2017, according to The City.

City Hall confirmed White and the mayor had been friends for ‘decades,’ but denied he had any hand in hiring her to the NYPD post.

White is not the first city hire during Adams’ tenure as mayor to have raised eyebrows. Last January he tried to hire his brother, Bernard Adams, to a $242,000 job within the NYPD before the appointment was shot down.

Adam – who has never married – is currently the partner of Tracey Collins, who is a senior youth development director for the NYC Department of Education.  

Lisa White was appointed commissioner for employee relations by the NYPD in May, a position which came with a $241,000 per year salary

Lisa White was appointed commissioner for employee relations by the NYPD in May, a position which came with a $241,000 per year salary

Mayor Eric Adams and White go a long way back, and are such close friends that he even rented a room in her Crown Heights apartment from 2013 to 2017

Mayor Eric Adams and White go a long way back, and are such close friends that he even rented a room in her Crown Heights apartment from 2013 to 2017

White began her career with the NYPD in 1995 while serving as a police communications technician – better known as a 911 telephone operator.

It was some time in the nineties that she and Adams likely became friends, as she joined the group 100 Blacks in Law, which he cofounded with the aim of reforming the way the NYPD dealt with the city’s black community.

White was active in the group, according to The City, appearing at protests in 1999 and giving a radio interview on its behalf in 2000.

In 2012, while still working as a ‘Police Communications Tech,’ she donated twice to Adams’ campaign for Brooklyn borough president. 

When Adams’ officially began running for borough president in 2013, he changed his address to White’s address at McKeever Place in Crown Heights.

Records from the City Board of Elections show Adam’s lived there from June 2013 to March 2017, and last year officials from Adams’ campaign also said he lived there within that timeframe.

White began her career with the NYPD in 1995 while serving as a police communications technician - better known as a 911 telephone operator

White began her career with the NYPD in 1995 while serving as a police communications technician – better known as a 911 telephone operator

When Adams' officially began running for borough president in 2013, he changed his address to White's address at McKeever Place in Crown Heights (above)

When Adams’ officially began running for borough president in 2013, he changed his address to White’s address at McKeever Place in Crown Heights (above)

White was paid $1,000 in November of 2013 for work as a consultant on Adams’ borough president campaign.

From 2014 to 2021 she volunteered as treasurer for Adams’ non-profit, One Brooklyn Fund.

She retired from the NYPD in 2019, and in 2020 she became a spokesperson for Adams’ mayoral campaign.

Mere days after Adams was sworn in as mayor in January 2022, the NYPD fired its commissioner for employee relations, Robert Ganley, and White was named to the position months later in May.

According to the NYPD, White’s job is to oversee ‘efforts to improve the health, well-being, and morale of all members of service, support the families of fallen officers and members who are seriously injured and/or ill.’

She also ‘regularly reviews administrative processes and internal policies to determine and provide effective recommendations that build on community-police relations,’ according to the department.

Mere days after Adams was sworn in as mayor in January, 2022, the NYPD fired its commissioner for employee relations, Robert Ganley, and White was named to the position months later in May

Mere days after Adams was sworn in as mayor in January, 2022, the NYPD fired its commissioner for employee relations, Robert Ganley, and White was named to the position months later in May

According to the NYPD, White's job is to oversee 'efforts to improve the health, well-being, and morale of all members of service, support the families of fallen officers and members who are seriously injured and/or ill'

According to the NYPD, White’s job is to oversee ‘efforts to improve the health, well-being, and morale of all members of service, support the families of fallen officers and members who are seriously injured and/or ill’

Asked on Tuesday about White’s appointment, Adams said the NYPD ‘handles those questions.’

‘The NYPD handles the personnel, but all of my agencies, we say you have got to get the best people for the job, and we’ve done that, we’ve been successful,’ he told reporters, according to the New York Post.

The NYPD told The City White’s hiring was ‘in line’ with its standards.

‘Deputy Commissioner Lisa White filed for service retirement from the NYPD Communications Section in 2019, after a 29-year-career with the agency,’ a spokesperson said. ‘Her hiring was in line with the NYPD’s standards for identifying those best suited for their roles within the department.’

The mayor tried to appoint his brother Bernard (right) to a $242,000 commissioner job within the NYPD. The appointment was halted over nepotism laws, and Adams scaled back his brother's position and left him with a salary of $1 per year

The mayor tried to appoint his brother Bernard (right) to a $242,000 commissioner job within the NYPD. The appointment was halted over nepotism laws, and Adams scaled back his brother’s position and left him with a salary of $1 per year

A police department friend of Adams, Tim Pearson, was hired at New York's Economic Development Corporation in a $242,000 per year position tasked with COVID-19 and other public safety initiatives

A police department friend of Adams, Tim Pearson, was hired at New York’s Economic Development Corporation in a $242,000 per year position tasked with COVID-19 and other public safety initiatives

White has not been the only government appointee with questionable ties to Adams since he took office. 

The mayor tried to appoint his brother Bernard to a $242,000 commissioner job within the NYPD. The appointment was halted over nepotism laws, and Adams scaled back his brother’s position and left him with a salary of $1 per year.

A police department friend of Adams, Tim Pearson, was hired at New York’s Economic Development Corporation in a $242,000 per year position tasked with COVID-19 and other public safety initiatives.

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