Eugene Devlin was a member of the first graduating class in Monsignor Farrell School history. Upon graduating from Farrell, Gene entered the United States Army where he served from 1967-1969 until he received an Honorable Discharge. In 1975 he joined the United States Army Reserve where he served until 1995 when he was honorably discharged.
Gene earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science from the New York Institute of Technology in 1977 and also studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, earning a certificate from their Police Management Institute.
Following his time in the military, Gene entered the New York City Police Department in June of 1967 where he would spend the next thirty three years and ascend to the rank of Assistant Chief. As a captain, Gene served as the Executive Officer in the Management Information Systems Division where he supervised the budget of all the department’s information technology resources. He also monitored and reviewed the department’s information security program.
Promoted to Deputy Chief/Inspector, Gene was the Commanding Officer at the First Deputy Commissioner’s Office from March of 1988 through February 1994. In February of 1994, Gene became the Executive Officer of the Patrol Borough Manhattan South until 1995. Gene monitored and coordinated plans for delivery of all police services in the Manhattan South area. This included major events and demonstrations.
Gene’s next assignment was as an Assistant Deputy Chief and Executive Officer in the Internal Affairs Bureau where his duties included reporting directly to the Chief of Internal Affairs. He was responsible for developing and implementing the Department’s anti-corruption programs and policies to include procedures for integrity testing and fraud control and established liaisons with the five county District Attorneys, two U.S. Attorneys and the Chairman of the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Police Corruption.
Following that, he was promoted to Assistant Chief, commanding Officer, Patrol Borough of Staten Island. During his tenure as Borough Commander, Gene reduced crime on Staten Island by 73.5%, improving the quality of life for more than four hundred thousand residents.
After retiring from the NYPD in 2001, Gene became Director of Security for Solow Reality and Development Corporation until his death in April of 2009. He is survived by his wife Ann Marie and their two children, Rachel and Chris.