A former NYPD chief was named the new head of security for the MTA.
Douglas Zeigler will replace William Morange, who is retiring after seven years of overseeing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s police department, counterterrorism task force and other law enforcement efforts.
During his 37 years with the NYPD, Zeigler’s positions have included chief of the community affairs bureau, chief of the organized crime control bureau and chief of the housing bureau.
Zeigler, a lawyer, was the NYPD’s highest-ranking African American cop when he retired in June.
“The safety and security of the millions of people who use our transit system every day is our top priority, and Chief Zeigler is uniquely qualified to lead our multifaceted security program,” MTA Chairman Jay Walder said.
Zeigler was at the center of a racially charged controversy in 2008 after two white officers ordered him out of his department-issued vehicle on a Queens street.
Zeigler insisted he showed his police identification, an account the officers disputed.
(Source: NY Daily News)