“Being the younger child, it wasn’t my responsibility to provide for my older brothers and sisters,” Mr. Adams said. “Eric and my older brother Conrad, they kind of took that responsibility on.”
On Oct. 31, Bernard Adams told his neighbor in Mechanicsville, Va., outside of Richmond, that if his brother won the election, he would be in New York City to support him. On election night, Bernard Adams introduced the mayor-elect.
Mr. Adams graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. During his years at the Police Department, he rose to the rank of sergeant, overseeing a staff of more than 40 as commanding officer of community affairs for Queens North.
During his 13-year tenure at Virginia Commonwealth University, Mr. Adams “did not provide executive protection services,” Thomas Gresham, a university spokesman, said. His most recent position there was as assistant director for parking at one of the university’s two main campuses.
A current job posting for that position, at the university’s health campus, the Medical College of Virginia, says its responsibilities include “proactively identifying and resolving issues related to both parking and transportation on the M.C.V. campus.” The job also calls for overseeing “the enforcement operation and Operations Center on the M.C.V. campus.” The position does not require its occupant to carry a weapon.
Mr. Gresham said the job entails, among other responsibilities, “the enforcement of the university’s parking rules and regulations.”
Keith Taylor, a former undercover narcotics detective and then detective sergeant who supervised an Emergency Service Unit at the New York Police Department, described the mayor’s protective detail as an “elite” assignment often given to veterans of emergency service units and detective bureaus.