Outgoing Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will join the Council on Foreign Relations once he steps down in January, the think tank announced earlier today.
Mr. Kelly, who has served as the city’s top cop longer than any commissioner in city history, will take on the role of “distinguished visiting fellow” at the organization, focusing on counterterrorism, cybersecurity and other national security issues, according to a release.
“Ray Kelly spearheaded the modernization of the New York Police Department. The result is that crime is down and the NYPD’s counterterrorism capabilities are second to none. We are excited and proud to have his experience, expertise and judgment at the council,” CFR President Richard Haass said in a statement.
Asked about the post at a press conference, Mr. Kelly said it was one of several jobs he hoped to tackle.
“It will give me an opportunity to interact with experts on terrorism, cybercrime, even police practices in other countries. So it’s a very prestigious organization. I’m honored to be in that position. But it’s gonna be one of many things that I hope to do,” he said, according to a spokesman.
Updated at 4:08 p.m. with Mr. Kelly’s response.