The CCRB has its third chairperson in 14 months, as New School professor Maya Wiley stepped down and NYU law professor Deborah Archer took her place.
Wiley assumed the helm during a turbulent period for the agency after prominent civil rights lawyer Richard Emery left.
Emery was sued just prior to his resignation by then-Executive Director Mina Malik after allegedly making an offensive remark in an April 2016 meeting. Emery maintains he never directed the remark at her and that Malik distorted the incident.
Malik abruptly dropped her suit that April and quit the agency in November without explanation. Jonathan Darche, a former Queens prosecutor, replaced her.
In yet more upheaval, in 2014, the then-Executive Director Tracy Catapano-Fox was fired after she sued the CCRB alleging the agency had ignored sexual harassment within the board.
The CCRB has been under fire recently for refusing to release details of the cases they file against police officers.
The agency stubbornly cites section 50-a of the state Civil Rights Law, which they argue requires that police personnel records be kept confidential.
On Sunday, the Daily News reported that Police Commissioner rejected the agency’s findings in a case where an officer was accused of using a banned chokehold on an arrest suspect.
Archer, a visiting professor of clinical law at New York University, is married to Richard Buery, the deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives.
“I assume this role eager to continue the progress he has made while leading the Agency in advancing meaningful transparency that restores public trust in policing,” she said.
Wiley will continue as Senior Vice President for Social Justice and Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at The New School.
Her final day as chair was Thursday.
“Maya has been an important partner as we continue to strengthen the bonds between police and those they protect,” Mayor de Blasio said in a written statement.
Wiley called herself “greatly privileged” to have had the job but said she was too busy.
“I leave because the necessary time commitment is one I can no longer make in light of my responsibilities as Senior Vice President of Social Justice at The New School,” she wrote in a statement.
“That role is critical. I make way for a Chair who can devote the time to this position that the Board, CCRB staff, and all New Yorkers deserve.”
Monifa Bandele of Communities United for Police Reform thanked Wiley for her work.
“The CCRB must begin using independent counsel, rejecting the conflict-of-interest representation from Corporation Counsel, so that it can end its complicity in the NYPD’s always-expanding misuse of 50-a to conceal police misconduct and can serve as a credible voice to increase NYPD transparency and accountability,” Bandele said.