Kerik, Bernard B.

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Kerik, Bernard B. Gender: M
Bernard Bailey Kerik
born on 4 September 1955 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Newark, New Jersey, 40n44, 74w10
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
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American law enforcement officer, the 40th police commissioner of the City of New York who was sent to Iraq to bring law and order as Iraq's Minister of the Interior after the fall of Saddam Hussein. In this role he is responsible for hiring and training the police force for post-Hussein Iraq.

Abandoned by his mother when he was 4, he went on to earn his black belt in Tae Kwan Do and joined the US Army as a military police office. He was assigned to Korea and trained special forces at the J. F. Kennedy Unconventional Warfare Center in Fort Bragg. After the service, with a background in international security and anti-terrorism, he became warden of the Passaic County jail in New Jersey. He took a pay cut to become a police officer in 1986, stationed in Times Square. From there he became a fearless narcotics detective, going undercover to track Cali cartel drug lords. After a 1991 drug bust, he was awarded the Police Department's Medal of Valor for saving the life of a fellow officer. On August 21, 2000 he was appointed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as the 40th police commissioner of New York City, a post he held during the infamous 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

His journey to find his mother resulted in his 2001 book, "The Lost Son," optioned by Miramax to be made into a movie. On December 2, 2004, President George W. Bush tapped Kerik for the cabinet position of Secretary of Homeland Security. Kerik had been working as senior vice president for the security consulting firm founded by Rudy Giuliani. On Friday, December 10, 2004, Kerik abruptly withdrew his name from nomination citing personal matters. He claimed that while he was preparing confirmation paperwork, he discovered that a former employee had "questionable immigration status" and that the related tax payments had not been made. The following week, another potential problem surfaced in the guise of a potential conflict-of-interest: Kerik received a $6.2 million windfall from exercising stock options in a stun-gun company for which he serves on the board of directors. The company does business with the Department of Homeland Security.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : New Job 1986 (joined New York's police department)
  • Work : New Job 21 August 2000 (became New York's police commissioner)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2001 ("The Lost Son")
  • Work : Gain social status 2 December 2004 (nominated for cabinet position over homeland security)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 10 December 2004 (withdrew his name from nomination because of background problems)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites Kerik's book, "The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice" (NY: Harper Collins, 2001), p. 19.


  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (mother abandoned him when he was 4 years old)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Hazardous work (police work)
  • Vocation : Law : Police
  • Vocation : Law : Security guard
  • Vocation : Law : Other Law (Iraq's Interior Minister)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (US Army)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer