John J. McCarthy, currently the mayor’s office spokesperson and senior advisor, will become the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Public Information (DCPI) this August.
“McCarthy brings experience, judgment and legal training to this important position,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who made the announcement Thursday, July 18.
The Queens native was previously the assistant commissioner in DCPI, and in the mayor’s office was responsible for police, fire and other first responder issues, Kelly said.
“[McCarthy] is a consummate, thoughtful professional and I welcome him back to the NYPD,” he said.
Before his time with the mayor’s office and the NYPD, McCarthy was director of public affairs at the Port Authority and handled communication and legal affairs at the MTA and state’s Office of Homeland Security. He also served as an attorney on the Moreland Commission on city schools, which investigated the old Board of Education.
Previous to his public service career, McCarthy received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law and completed his undergraduate at Fordham College.
McCarthy succeeds Paul Browne, who will become the vice president for public affairs and communications at the University of Notre Dame.
Kelly also announced the appointment of Valerie Salembier as Assistant Commissioner for Public Information. Salembier, a former newspaper and publishing executive and chair of the New York City Police Foundation, will support McCarthy in all aspects of media relations.
“Salembier brings a tremendous depth of media experience to DCPI and broad knowledge of public safety issues,” Kelly said. “Her willingness to serve in this role is but the latest expression of her passionate devotion to New York City and the men and women who protect it on a daily basis.”
McCarthy will officially start his position on August 19.