Successful anti-corruption investigation
After a twenty-one-year career with the NYPD concluded with Clyde’s retirement as a decorated Detective Sergeant, he was appointed by then Mayor Ronald Blackwood as Deputy Commissioner of his hometown Mount Vernon Police Department.
Successful gang reduction strategy development and implementation, along with instituting a department-wide annual evaluation program earned Clyde a promotion to Police Commissioner where he prepared and managed the department’s $11 million annual operating budget. He also created Mount Vernon’s first community policing program for which he helped secure a $750,000 Department of Justice supplemental salary grant.
During his tenure as Police Commissioner, Clyde as approached by the FBI for assistance into an investigation of graft and corruption by a small group of MVPD personnel. With his help, the FBI successfully concluded their investigation with guilty pleas from three members of the department.
For his assistance, the FBI’s New York Field Office awarded Isley with their Outstanding Leadership Award and then FBI Director Louis Freeh flew Clyde and his family to personally present him with the FBI Director’s Award for Exceptional Public Service (just one is given annually).
Corruption fighting and integrity is a hallmark of Clyde’s professional career and he vows to continue that as Mayor of the City of Mount Vernon.