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The John M. Penrith Award 2006

Charlie Connolly

After 48 years in the public and private protection profession Charlie Connolly is probably one of the better known professionals in the field. His career spans a number of highly respected executive positions.

Connolly was First Vice President / Director of World Wide Security for Merrill Lynch responsible for the physical security of 68,000 plus employees assigned to 980 buildings located in 44 countries and the 50 states.

Connolly was Vice President, Business Development for Wells Fargo Guard services (1991 - 1993).

He served eight years as Director of Police services for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation responsible for the administration, training and supervision of some 1,300 police personnel and 24 health related facilities (1983 - 1991).

In addition to his eight years experience in the nation's largest healthcare system. Charlie was Police Commissioner of Yonkers the fourth largest city in New York State.

Prior to his commissionership, Charlie had (22) twenty-two years with the New York City Police Department.

His career includes educational achievements such as:

  • Masters Degree in Public Administration
  • Adjunct Professorships at John Jay college of Criminal Justice
  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Plus three other institutions of Higher Learning

Connolly is also a Certified Protection Professional (CCP) by virtue of successful completion of the American Society of Industrial Security International (ASIS) examination in 1984.

Criminal Justice Related Appointments:

  • Appointed by Governor Cary to the New York State Police Standards and Goals Task Force (1976-77).
  • Former Chairperson of the New York State Peace Officers Advisory Council (1988-91).
  • Former Chairperson of the International Association of Chief's of Police's Public Safety Directors Committee. Former members of that Association's Organized Crime Committee and the Private Security Committee. 
  • Former member of the Board of Directors of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the American Academy of Professional Law Enforcement (AAPLE). Past President of the New York State and Eastern Canada Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates.

Charlie was invited in June of 2005 with a group of active and retired police executives to prepare a "Legacy Paper" on lessons learned and advice that could be given to future chief executives.

Charlie has been a frequent contributor to various law enforcement groups well past his public service retirement. He has lectured at the FBI's Leeds program, the NEI training sessions at Quantico and several presentations at the annual Sun Valley Major Cities Chiefs / NEIA Conferences.

·         U.S. Military Academy at West Point