Currently alive, at 64 years of age.
1955 – Born September 4th, in Newark, New Jersey
1960’s-1971? – Eastside High School, Paterson, NJ (dropped out)
1970s – BS Public Administration, Empire State College, SUNY
1974 – Kerik enlisted in the U.S. Army in July, and became a Military policeman (MP) assigned to Korea as an MP Sentry Dog Handler and to the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina assuming Military Police duties and teaching hand to hand combat to Special Operations and Special Forces Personnel at the
John F. Kennedy Unconventional Warfare Center.
1975 – Kerik’s first child was a daughter born out of wedlock, when he was 19 and serving in South Korea as
a military policeman. The daughter, Yi Sa (Lisa) Marie Jordan, was born in October 1975. Her mother is a woman identified as Yi Yun Cha. In February, 1976, Kerik completed his tour of duty in South Korea and was transferred back to the United States, leaving both women behind. In his autobiography, Kerik called the episode "a mistake I will always regret, and I pray to God that one day I can make it right".
In December, 2001, Kerik and his daughter Lisa re-united after 26 years of separation. From his daughter, he has two grandchildren.
1977 – he received an honorable discharge from the Army whereby he became a member of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office (NC).
1978 – he was employed by the Morrison Knudson Saudi Arabia Consortium (MKSAC) as a Security Officer on the King Khalid Military City in Hafar Al-Batin, Saudi Arabia for nearly two and a half years.
– He has been married 3 times, 3 children, one with his second wife, and 2 with his third wife. He has 4 children counting his daughter in Korea.
1982-1984 Kerik worked as chief of investigations for the security office at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, one of the kingdom’s premier hospitals, where members of the royal family are treated. Six members of the hospital security staff, including Kerik, were fired and deported after an investigation in 1984 by the Saudi secret police.
1986 – Kerik served as warden of the Passaic County jail, the largest county adult correctional facility in New Jersey, from January to July 1986. There, he also served as the Department’s Training Officer and Commander of the Special Weapons and Operations units.
New York City police officer 1986-1994
corrections commissioner of New York City 1997-2000
police commissioner of New York City 2000-2001
oversaw police department efforts following 2001 terrorist attack on World Trade Center
wrote memoir "The Lost Son" 2001
nominated 2004 as Secretary of Homeland Security (nomination withdrawn)
He is a 5th Degree Master Instructor in the Martial Arts, studying both Korean and Japanese Karate and has been inducted into The Centurion Black Belt Hall of Fame.