Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly promoted a
veteran Hispanic officer yesterday to the three-star
position of chief of personnel, making him the first
Hispanic to hold that position in the department's
The new chief, Rafael Pineiro, 52, a lawyer with a
master's degree in management from New York
University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of
Public Service, will oversee the processes by which
the department recruits, screens, hires and promotes
Chief Pineiro is a 32-year veteran of the force.
His two most recent posts were as the head of the
Recruitment and Retention Unit and the Management
Information Systems Division, two areas where
officials said he had been assigned to help solve
Chief Pineiro is the second Hispanic elevated by
Commissioner Kelly to the position of three-star
chief. In January, Mr. Kelly promoted Nicholas
Estavillo to chief of patrol. There are nine
three-star chiefs in the department; all are men. One,
Douglas Zeigler, chief of the Housing Bureau, is
"No one is better equipped to handle the important
responsibilities of the Personnel Bureau,"
Commissioner Kelly said during a promotion ceremony at
1 Police Plaza.
Lt. Eric Adams, the president of 100 Blacks in Law
Enforcement Who Care, a black officers group, recently
criticized Commissioner Kelly's recruitment efforts
and said he had failed to promote members of
minorities. Yesterday, he praised Chief Pineiro's
"I think Pineiro is an excellent choice for chief
of personnel, and this sends the right message
the importance of qualified diversity at the
management level is the direction that we hope the
department is headed," Lieutenant Adams said.
Chief Pineiro in 1995 founded the National Law
Enforcement Explorer Academy for youngsters.