The Mayor's Committee on City Marshals is established by State law, Section 1601 of the New York City Civil Court Act. The Committee's four functions are to (1) establish and publish qualifying criteria for appointment to the office of City marshal, (2) recruit and receive names of candidates for that office, (3) determine which of the qualified candidates are best qualified to serve as City marshals, and (4) recommend to the Mayor up to three qualified persons for appointment to the office of City marshal upon the occurrence of a vacancy. Mayoral Executive Order No. 44, February 13, 1980. By law, the Committee's proceedings, records, and communications, including all applications submitted to it, are confidential and exempt from public disclosure.
The Committee consists of fifteen members, all appointed by the Mayor. The Mayor appoints six of the members directly, three after selection by Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, three after selection by the Presiding Justice of the Second Judicial Department, and three after selection by the deans of three New York City Law Schools, who each select one member for appointment. Appointees to a newly constituted committee are being considered at present. The Committee members serve without compensation.