Monday, May 2, 2011

CRAIN'S: Mayor-elect to name Police Superintendent appointment

Well the Chicago Police board having narrowed down their choices for police superintendent last week made this potential appointment almost inevitable.
Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel plans to name Newark, N.J., Police Director Garry McCarthy as his choice to be police superintendent in Chicago.

According to a person on Emanuel's transition team, the Democrat will make the announcement Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity so not to preempt Emanuel's announcement.

McCarthy replaces Jody Weis, who left the superintendent's job when his contract ended earlier this year.

McCarthy would take over a department that's suffered from morale problems under Weis, who came to the job after working at the FBI and was considered an outsider. McCarthy has years of big-city police experience after working in Newark and New York City.
Back to that first link from the Sun-Times I think this is a good step. Is it necessary, probably not.
If he becomes Emanuel’s choice, McCarthy said he would go through the Chicago Police Academy and get certified as an Illinois law-enforcement officer before ever putting on the uniform.

That was a sore point with Weis, who wore the uniform, but never earned it in the view of the rank and file.

“I know I don’t have the right to wear the CPD uniform,” said McCarthy, who wore a uniform in New York but holds a civilian position in Newark.
Emanuel has noted that he wants his new police chief to have been a beat cop. That was one thing about Weis is that he never patroled as a police officer. Of course that in addition to Weis wearing a uniform that many in the rank & file police didn't believe he earned.

I also think it's a step in the right direction for McCarthy to want to be certified as an Illinois law-enforcement officer. Also it's a good step that he wants to go through the Chicago Police Academy. He'll go through some of the same training as the police recruits are. Probably not all the training because he would be the top cop.

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