Leadership Solutions


Charles Connelly

Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council

Charlie 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. Additionally, he was responsible for the organization’s Corporate Security, Fraud Control and Executive Protection as well as the firm’s International and Domestic Ethics hotline. Prior to joining the world’s largest brokerage firm, Connolly was Vice President, Business Development for Wells Fargo Guard services.

Charlie 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. Charlie’s appointment as Director of Security at the three billion dollar budgeted New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation was the result of a State Controller’s audit mandating the reorganization of that agency’s security mission. Within a matter of months, Connolly established a training academy on the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s campus and implemented a series of supervisory and promotional programs along with entry level training initiatives.

Charlie was Police Commissioner of Yonkers the fourth largest city in the state. His restructuring of the Police Academy resulted in other police agencies requesting that their recruits attend their New York State mandated Recruit Program. Prior to his Commissionership, Connolly had twenty- two years with the New York City Police Department. During that period, Connolly served in a number of patrol, investigative, administration and command assignments having successfully completed and achieved every civil service rank in the department.

Charlie’s public and private protection experience provided him with an unique understanding of the planning, risk evaluation and social dynamics involved in both planned and unplanned special events whether it involved riots, disturbances, massive protest demonstrations, major conferences (political, business and those such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police held in New York City, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden), New Year’s celebrations in New York’s Times Square and the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Charlie’s career includes educational achievements such as a Masters Degree in Public Administration and adjunct professorships at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and three other institutions of higher learning. Charlie is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and his career includes a number of criminal justice related appointments. He is CSO Emeritus Faculty for The Security Executive Council.