Although Brandon Johnson was not the choice that many in law enforcement preferred, the process of choosing Chicago’s next top cop has already been started by the person who will become the city’s next mayor. On the other hand, compared to Johnson’s predecessors, Johnson will play a less significant part in the selecting process.
“We want to make sure that we’re putting power back into the hands of the people, and residents have a voice in this,” said Anthony Driver, the head of the newly created Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability. “We want to make sure that we’re putting power back into the hands of the people and residents have a voice in this” (CCPSA).
His organization now has the right to seek for, interview, and suggest three candidates for the position of police superintendent as a result of a new city ordinance. The winner is then determined by the mayor using the shortlist of contenders.
“We’re in a really unique time,” Driver added. “Public safety is a huge issue in the City of Chicago, and I’m looking for someone who has experience either implementing a consent decree or who views the consent decree as a floor and not the ceiling.”
“I’m looking for someone who has experience either implementing a consent decree or who views the consent decree as a floor and not the ceiling.”
Johnson will take part in the initial round of searching, during which he will have the opportunity to submit names for consideration. According to what the newly elected mayor has stated, he prefers for the next police superintendent to come from within the department rather than from the outside.
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Johnson stated in an interview with WGN that “I feel that’s vital” and described the ideal candidate as “someone who is linked to the rank and file and who knows the dynamic character of the City of Chicago.” The following names have been brought up in conversation as possible candidates:
Chief of Counterterrorism at the Chicago Police Department is Larry Snelling.
Ernie Cato, who served as the department’s previous counterterrorism chief before he resigned a year ago. Jose Tirado, an additional chief in the counterterrorism division, will retire in 2021.
A former police commander in the Englewood area, Leo Schmitz went on to become the director of the Illinois State Police and is now the chief of public safety for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.
Angel Novalez is the head of the Constitutional Policing and Reform Division at the Chicago Police Department. It is not apparent whether the current interim superintendent of the department, Eric Carter, intends to continue in his role or not.
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Eddie Johnson, a former superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, was quoted as saying that “the crime picture that we’re looking at right now – in my opinion – it doesn’t have to be that way.” “What I’d be looking for is someone
who can galvanize and lift up the morale of the police officers as well as someone who does embrace reform and at the same time and get out in the community and see what their concerns are,” she said. “I’d also be looking for someone who does embrace reform and at the same time and get out in the community and see what their concerns are.”
When former Mayor Rahm Emmanuel chose Johnson to head the Chicago Police Department in 2016, he publicly disregarded a shortlist that had been compiled by the Chicago Police Board. But, the CCPSA’s power is derived from an ordinance passed by the City Council, which gives it more authority.