Associate Commissioner Paul Cronin joined the Department of Investigation in 2014. Mr. Cronin currently oversees squads that investigate the Department of Corrections and NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation. In this capacity, he has directed investigations that result in the arrest of dozens of correction officers as well as reports that have led to the use of drug sniffing dogs at Rikers, the dismissal of the private company that previously provided heat care at the city’s jails. Mr. Cronin also supervised the creation and staffing of DOI’s HHC IG’s office in 2016.
Before joining the DOI, Mr. Cronin enjoyed a 22 year career with the Drug Enforcement Administration, retiring as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the New York Division’s Drug Enforcement Task Force. Prior to this assignment, he was the Senior Inspector in charge of DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility’s Northeast Office, where he was responsible for internal investigations involving DEA’s northeast offices. Mr. Cronin was assigned to offices in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., responsible for and conducting high-level narcotics investigations into both domestic and international targets.
Mr. Cronin received a Bachelor’s Degree in History.