February 27,2009 | Vito A. Turso/Kathy Dawkins
Press Release # 09-008, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The New York City Department of Sanitation held an Inspector’s Funeral this Friday for two-star Chief Richard Beverly who was in charge of the Queens East Borough command. The funeral was held at the Crenshaw Christian Center East, 96th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan. Chief Beverly, 51, suffered a massive heart attack and died last Friday at his home.
Chief Beverly began his career as a Sanitation Worker on July 23, 1987. In 1993, he was promoted to Supervisor and assigned to Bronx 6 district. His next assignment was Bronx 9, where he served as the Garage Supervisor. In 1999, he was promoted to General Superintendent and was first assigned to Brooklyn South 17 and then to Bronx 11. He was promoted in 2001 to Deputy Chief and was assigned to supervise Bronx Districts 10, 11, and 12. Later, he became the Collection Chief overseeing collection services for the entire Bronx Borough where, under his direction, the Bronx Borough earned the reputation of cleaning and dumping on shift. In addition, he insured that the borough utilized the mandatory number of trucks provided Sanitation services cost-effectively and saved the City money.
Upon his promotion to Assistant Chief in May 2006, Chief Beverly was initially assigned to the Cleaning Office, but, was soon reassigned as the Director of the Department’s Field Inspection and Audit Team (FIAT), where he instituted personnel changes that enabled the unit to run more smoothly and more efficiently. As a result of these changes, FIAT contributed to strengthening the integrity of the Department and provided innovative training techniques that guided employees in departmental practices and procedures. After his tenure at FIAT, he was assigned as Borough Chief for Queens East Borough command where he was responsible for borough operations from street cleaning, to the collection of trash and recycling, and snow and ice removal in the entire eastern section of the borough.
Chief Beverly graduated from Syracuse University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Angelique; two sons Christopher Wendall, 11 and Richard James, 13; his mother Mary; sister Miriam and brother Warren and his wife, Violet; nieces Aisha, Danielle, Moet, Brandy; and grand nieces Alexis, Chastity, and Cherish.