MANHATTAN — Michael Hourihane has been picked as the new jails chief for the New York City Department of Correction after 31-year-veteran Deputy Chief Larry W. Davis Sr. resigned on Saturday amid reports of an ethics investigation.
"I know that Chief Hourihane will serve the Department and the City with excellence," said department Commissioner Dora B. Schriro. "He is a highly experienced correction professional with deep experience of this department and the commitment and integrity that is essential to carrying out this critical position with distinction."
The department declined to go into detail about the reasons behind Davis stepping down from the position as the highest-ranking uniformed officer in the department, saying only that he "resigned and is retiring."
The New York Post reported that Davis had been involved in several controversies, including one in February after allegations that he got subordinates to fund his vacations.
The Investigation Department also started looking into allegations Thursday that correction officer Dale Reyes drove a company car home, The New York Times reported Sunday. Davis may have approved the use of the vehicle.
Hourihane, 52, is a 30-year veteran of the DOC, having served as a correction officer, assistant deputy warden and warden at the Manhattan Detention Complex.
He will now oversee the second largest jail system in the country, with 100,000 inmates admitted and discharged each year, according to the agency, and 8,500 uniformed Correction workers.