Wednesday, January 9, 2008

City Council OKs Weis as new police superintendent

Now this former FBI man can get started running a major big city police department. A big deal is made about the fact that he was never a police officer and he's the first outside to run the Department in how long 40-50 years. I wonder if that makes a difference? Story from Crain's...
A former FBI agent officially became Chicago's newest police superintendent Wednesday.
The City Council approved Mayor Richard Daley's nomination of Jody Weis 44-to-1.

Weis has said he'll strengthen training and work to bring public confidence back to a department shaken by allegations of brutality and misconduct.

Alderman Howard Brookins said he hoped Weis would restore "the luster" lost by the department due to the actions of a few police officers. Others also said they hoped Weis could continue a trend toward lower crime rates.

"If you do that, you are worth every single penny," said Ike Carrothers.

Just one alderman, Pat Dowell, voted against Weis, criticizing his performance at an earlier confirmation hearing.

"You didn't offer any kind of serious strategy," she said. "You spoke in generalities."

Weis, the former special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia office, was chosen to replace Police Superintendent Phil Cline.
In other news the Chicago City Council approves a $19.8 Million settlement for 4 black torture victims of former Chicago Police Lieutenant John Burge. The story from Channel 2.

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