On October 1, 2016, NYWLE founding member, past president, and current board member Diana Pizzuti was promoted to Chief of Personnel for the New York Police Department. The ceremony took place at One Police Plaza where NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill appointed Chief Pizzuti to the three-star rank of Bureau Chief.
Chief Pizzuti joined the NYPD in January 1982 and began her career on patrol in the 43rd Precinct in the Bronx. She served as the Executive Officer of the 13th Precinct as well as Commanding Officer of the Police Academy, 17th Precinct, Midtown North Precinct and the Corruption Prevention Division of the Internal Affairs Bureau. Her latest assignment was the Commanding Officer of the Patrol Borough Queens North as an Assistant Chief. Juanita Holmes, who was also promoted at the ceremony from Deputy Chief to Assistant Chief, will now take over as the Commanding Officer in Patrol Borough Queens North.