Outlaw spoke about the reports, from publications including the New York Post and Newsday, on Wednesday during a press briefing on the city's response to gun violence, saying she's not resigning and that this was all fueled by speculation.
"I think it's a rumor that is just out there. It's wild and it's out of control. I am not resigning today at three o'clock," Outlaw said. "I appreciate the honorable mentions and it's quite flattering quite frankly, but I will tell you I am still continuing to focus on my work here."
Outlaw is reported to be on the shortlist of candidates for the New York City Police Department. New York City's Mayor-elect Eric Adams has not made any announcements so far.
Outlaw said the NYPD's "process is their process" and any additional questions should be asked to them.
When asked if she would accept the job if offered, Outlaw said she was not commenting on hypotheticals.
"If I had something to share with you, I promise you I would. I don't have anything to share with the public right now," Outlaw said.
Earlier in the day, Mayor Jim Kenney responded to the reports.
Speaking at an unrelated event on Wednesday morning, Kenney told Action News he believes it's all just "rumors" and Outlaw has not called him to say she's been offered anything.
However, he said she is extremely qualified and would make a terrific commissioner.
Story time at Christmas Village @PhillyMayor spoke to us moments ago said he’s heard the same rumors that @PPDCommish is on the short list to be named @NYPDnews Commish but said he just thinks they’re rumors because Outlaw has not called him to say she’s been offered anything . pic.twitter.com/Xeq6ko4e1C— Annie McCormick (@6abcAnnie) December 8, 2021
Outlaw, the first Black woman named to lead Philadelphia's police department, was named commissioner in late 2019. She took office in February 2020.
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