New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly reportedly is in talks to take the top security job at JPMorgan Chase Inc. – and may ditch his current post before newly elected mayor Bill de Blasio is even sworn in.
The New York Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that Kelly, if hired, would likely be responsible for security at the giant financial firm, with emphasis on cyber-security and would earn a seven-figure package of salary and bonuses.
The company's senior security officer, Thomas Higgins, left about a month ago and has not been replaced.
De Blasio, a sharp critic of Kelly's stop-and-frisk policy, is expected to name a different police commissioner, the Post reported.
Kelly, who also was police commissioner from 1992 to 1994, has experience in the banking world: he was the managing director for corporate security at Bear Stearns in 2000 and 20001, the Post noted.
JPMorgan officials refused to comment. An NYPD spokesman told the Post "the story is false."
Kelly's hiring would come as the bank faces the prospect of paying a $13 billion settlement
to the Department of Justice and other legal troubles.
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