|Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Mets have announced the hiring of former New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell in the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Security and Guest Experience, effective on November 27.
Sewell was the 45th commissioner of the NYPD, the largest municipal police force in the country, and in her time at the helm, she executed multiple strategies that reduced crime in most major categories. She also worked with federal agencies to enhance counterterrorism workstreams and implemented the use of technology to assist investigations and ensure public safety.
In her new job with the Mets, Sewell will oversee the safety and guest experience for the organization. "I am excited to join the Mets for my first private sector role," Sewell said in a statement. "The opportunity to bring my passions of community building and public safety to the Mets is truly a dream job. As someone who grew up in Queens, this legendary organization is vital to local communities and so many across the world. I can't wait to help be a part of building this world-class fan experience."
Prior to her time as NYC Police Commissioner, Sewell spent over two decades with the Nassau County police force. Her most recent position the department's Chief of Detectives, as she led the department's twenty investigative commands along with federal and local task forces.
Sewell will be under the leadership of Katie Haas, Executive Vice President of Ballpark Operations and Experience, who said of the unique addition to the club, "Keechant's expertise in public service, law and safety, as well as collaboration with the public, will allow us to take our Security and Guest Experience to the next level. Keechant will help us to modernize our approach to safety and the guest experience at Citi Field, while also strengthening our relationships with the community and all agencies of law enforcement and emergency agencies."