Emanuel picks Internal Candidate for Chicago’s Top Cop Job

Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson

In a surprise development late Saturday night, reports surfaced that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had eschewed the finalists in a national search for police superintendent in favor of an internal candidate.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Emanuel had picked Eddie Johnson, the Chicago Police Department chief of patrol, as his choice to replace Garry McCarthy.

Emanuel had been presented by the Chicago Police Board with a short list of three candidates: Deputy Police Supt. Eugene Williams; Cedric Alexander, public safety director of DeKalb County, Georgia, and Anne Kirkpatrick, the retired police chief of Spokane, Washington. But the mayor was under pressure to name not only a black candidate, but also an internal pick.

“We want to hear from all candidates right now, before a decision is made,” Ald. Roderick Sawyer said earlier this week. “We believe a local police veteran who understands the African American experience in Chicago would be the best able to restore justice and safety in our city.”

While two of the finalists are African-American, he chose to go his own route and tap the 27-year veteran of the force Johnson, who has only been the head of patrol since December when he was elevated in a command shakeup by current acting Supt. John Escalante.

Escalante, himself, had applied for the $260,044-a-year superintendent’s job, but did not make the finalist cut and has presided over a growing gun violence epidemic in his tenure. The city is currently on pace for 600 homicides and 6,000 shootings.

While Emanuel cannot directly hire Johnson without the board, he apparently has moved his pick into the top spot while he works the process to have a new search started with Johnson put in the running as the preferred candidate. Escalante has apparently been moved into the department’s No. 2 spot in the meantime. Continue Reading

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