A Staten Island precinct commander with a reputation for being a bully took to Twitter to wish his former colleagues well — without mentioning the controversy surrounding his recent promotion.
“It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to all of you as I depart for my next assignment,” Deputy Inspector Kenneth Noonan said on the NYPD’s 123rd Precinct Twitter page. “It’s been a wonderful 2 ½ years together.”
Ed Mullins, head of the Sergeants Benovolent Association, was less diplomatic.
“I call Bulls- – -T,” Mullins tweeted. “Your promotion was purely a cowardice move to assign you elsewhere.”
Noonan last Tuesday was bumped up from captain to deputy inspector amid allegations he bullied and berated his cops on a regular basis.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill stood by his decision to promote Noonan, noting a recent IAB probe failed to substantiate a charge that he had threatened Sgt. Kappa Farid, vowing to “f—k him up” for not providing about the search for a gunman.
“What would happen to the cop on the street if he threatened someone?” Mullins asked in an interview Monday. “He’d be disciplined, at the least, and he certainly wouldn’t be promoted.”
Mullins recently provided the Daily News an audio recording of Noonan telling supervisors he would “kill” anyone who clung to the old way of doing things at the precinct.
Two days before Noonan was promoted union leaders gathered outside the precinct and played the recording on a loudspeaker.
Noonan, who after getting promoted was transferred to the Counterterrorism Bureau, attached to his tweet a letter that is addressed to the community.
He discussed his years on Staten Island, including at the 121st and 122nd precincts, and he likened the cops at the 123rd Precinct to “my family.”
“I knew I made friends,” he said, referring to colleagues and residents, “but I had no idea just how many!”
Capt. Timothy Wilson has been named the new 123rd Precinct commanding officer.