Fidel Del Valle, the Commissioner of the city’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings who created an uproar last year after he cursed out a female cop from the NYPD’s security detail for asking the purpose of his visit, retired earlier this month.
Mr. Del Valle had returned to his $221,151-a-year post in May from a leave of absence that began in December, when he cited a “serious family medical situation.”
That leave began five weeks after a profanity-laced tirade he directed at NYPD officers outside the west entrance of City Hall. His outburst occurred when he was questioned by officers, as are nearly all visitors to City Hall, about the reason for his visit.
Mr. Del Valle proceeded to hurl insults at the officers, asking “Who the f--- do you think you are?” and repeatedly referred to the officers as “f------ assholes.”
Tynia D. Richard, OATH’s Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel, was appointed acting Commissioner while city officials consider a permanent replacement. Ms. Richard was Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau and the Charities Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office prior to her appointment at OATH.
“Tynia brings a great deal of institutional knowledge of OATH’s 40-year mission, having already enjoyed a long and successful career at the agency since 2003, first as an Administrative Law Judge in the Trials Division and then as OATH’s General Counsel. We are excited to have her serving with this administration in this new role,” the mayor’s Deputy Press Secretary, Laura Feyer, said in a statement.
Before being appointed by Mayor De Blasio in 2014, Mr. Del Valle was chair of the Taxi and Limousine Commission from 1991 to 1995, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Bar Association and Brooklyn Bar Foundation.
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