NYPD honcho Lisa White ignores questions about relationship with Eric Adams

The retired 911 dispatcher and longtime friend and former roommate of Mayor Eric Adams declined to comment about her new role as a well-paid NYPD deputy commissioner as she was ushered by her driver into a waiting black Ford SUV from her Brooklyn apartment building Wednesday morning.

Lisa White, whose rapid ascent in city government made front-page news in The Post on Wednesday, left her Crown Heights home at 11:24 a.m., more than an hour and a half after her driver arrived in front of the McKeever Place address.

White, who was living on a $30,000 annual pension until being tapped to oversee the mental health and morale of the NYPD’s 35,000 uniformed members in May, now earns $241,000 a year as an NYPD deputy commissioner, according to public records.

As White’s driver waited for the newly minted police official to exit the home she once shared with Adams, he told The Post he was tasked with taking her to work, or “wherever she was going.”

White emerged soon after, smiling pleasantly, clad in high heels, a burgundy coat and what looked like a fur or faux fur scarf. She ignored questions about her role and said nothing as she got into the vehicle — which did not have city or TLC plates — and was driven away.

White ignored questions from The Post while leaving her Brooklyn apartment with her driver Wednesday morning.
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White rented a room to the mayor in her apartment between 2013 — as he ran for borough president — and 2017, according to The City. She retired from her $53,000-a-year dispatcher gig in 2019 and was still collecting her pension.

The former “police communications technician” also “regularly reviews administrative processes and internal policies to determine and provide effective recommendations that build on community-police relations,’’ according to her official city bio.

Her new position is the latest plum assignment of Adams’ associates to raise eyebrows. It was revealed a day after the Democrat directed city agencies not to fill some 4,700 vacant positions as Gotham grappled with a $2.9 billion budget gap.

White had worked at the 911 call center since 1995, when she grew close to the then-cop through their involvement in the group 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, which he co-founded and she helped rep, the outlet reported.

White had been living off a $30,000 pension before being tapped for the plum role.
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News of their relationship and her lucrative post came after Hizzoner tried to place his brother, Bernard Adams, in a $242,000-a-year post as the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of governmental affairs. The appointment was later quashed amid ensuing controversy, and the mayor gave Bernard a $1-a-year ceremonial advisory role.

White was then quietly tapped to replace Robert Ganley, who was forced out the door after The Post revealed that he used a taxpayer-funded NYPD chopper to ferry himself back and forth to Philadelphia to attend a party.

White’s appointment was made by NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, an Adams appointee herself.

When asked about his former roomie’s plum post, Adams deferred to the cops.

“The NYPD handles the personnel, but all of my agencies, we say you have gotta get the best people for the job, and we’ve done that, we’ve been successful,’’ he said.

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News of White’s relationship with Adams made the front page of The Post Wednesday.

City Hall did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Post about whether White had a city-sanctioned driver and security guard, and if so, why the vehicle escorting her did not have a government license plate.

An NYPD rep said in a statement Tuesday: “Deputy Commissioner Lisa White filed for service retirement from the NYPD Communications Section in 2019, after a 29-year-career with the agency.

“She is currently undertaking her duties as Deputy Commissioner of Employee Relations, leading the Department’s 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; and liaison to the Department’s 40 fraternal, religious, and ethnic organizations.”

Adams had appointed several other pals to jobs in his administration that paid north of $240,000 under shadowy circumstances, including Deputy Mayor of Safety Phil Banks, Deputy Mayor of Strategic Initiatives Sheena Wright and public safety adviser Timothy Pearson.