The head of town Department of Investigation will depart her job for a task within the Southern District of New York, the Department of Justice introduced Wednesday — lower than per week after her company launched its damning probe that discovered Mayor Bill de Blasio and his household improperly used his police safety element.
Margaret Garnett, who de Blasio chosen in 2018 to steer the DOI, will start serving subsequent month as No. 2 underneath Damian Williams, the newly sworn-in US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Williams described Garnett, who served as a southern District protector for 12 years, as “legendary.”
“Margaret was a legendary Assistant U.S. Attorney. During her time in the Office, she led some of the Office’s most important investigations and prosecutions, and mentored countless AUSAs,” he mentioned in a press release. “Her storied career in public service leaves no doubt that she will be an exceptional Deputy U.S. Attorney.”
Before the DOI, Garnett served as government deputy legal professional common for felony justice within the state Attorney General’s workplace, according to her bio. Prior to her time within the Department of Justice, she was an affiliate on the legislation agency Watchell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
The job change comes after her company discovered that the NYPD’s Executive Protection Unit was utilized by de Blasio for “political purposes” in the course of the mayor’s ill-fated presidential marketing campaign, and to run “errands” for him.
According to the probe, the crew tasked with defending the mayor helped his daughter transfer, shuttled his son across the metropolis and drove his brother to just about two hours to choose up a rental automotive in New Jersey.
She mentioned final week that the mayor’s safety element had successfully served as a “concierge service” for his son, Dante de Blasio.
“In practice, what is happening is that, you know, it’s not security; it’s essentially a concierge service, primarily for Dante,” Garnett mentioned throughout a press convention following the probe’s launch on Oct. 7.
After de Blasio repeatedly groused in regards to the probe, Garnett responded, “I’ve yet to hear any identification of the claimed factual inaccuracies.”
“When you see a pattern of conduct and a culture that public resources are available for your personal benefit, that’s incredibly destabilizing to good government, it’s not a good use of the public’s money, and things can often snowball,” she mentioned on NY1 final week.