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When He Leaves NYPD, Ray Kelly Will Make Fat Stacks On The Speaking Circuit

Ray Kelly at the Thanksgiving Day Parade
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When Ray Kelly leaves his spot as Police Commissioner of the NYPD at the end of the year, he may or may not become the head of security at an investment bank like JPMorgan. What's for sure is that he'll join the Greater Talent Network as one of its exclusive speakers.

The Greater Talent Network says, "Commissioner Kelly will speak to some of the country’s most influential, wide ranging and dynamic audiences, including executive gatherings, blue chip corporations, NGOs, financial groups, veteran groups, law enforcement agencies and colleges." Also, GTN says he will join other "counter-terrorism and law enforcement experts including President Obama’s previous National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and former FBI Director Louis Freeh. Other speakers represented by GTN include author Peggy Noonan, editor Tina Brown and Harold Ford Jr."

Kelly said, "I’m looking forward to sharing the lessons I’ve learned leading the finest police force in the world as we met countless challenges every day. I’m excited about this opportunity and looking forward to this new challenge.”

The Daily News forecasts, "He will likely be asked to speak about conventional crime and how the city’s police force drove murders down to levels not seen in more than 50 years, as well as the creation of the Counterterrorism Bureau."

It's unclear how much Kelly will make per engagement, but Harold Ford Jr., the former Congressman, was getting $20,000 in 2010. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speaking fee is now north of $200,000 and, back in 2007, Rudy Giuliani could command $100,000 per one-hour (45 minutes of speaking, 15 minutes of Q&A) plus at least a Gulfstream IV. So our guess is that he'll make something in between $50K and $100K per speech—but if anyone knows for sure, let us know (tips@gothamist.com)!

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