Police Board to Begin Search for New Chicago Police Superintendent

November 8, 2019

Chicago Police Board President Ghian Foreman thanked retiring Superintendent Eddie Johnson for his more than 30 years of service to the City of Chicago, including nearly four years leading the Chicago Police Department.  President Foreman said that the Police Board will immediately begin the process of searching for a successor.

“Eddie Johnson has earned our thanks for his many years of dedicated service to this great city. We will now move forward with the important work of selecting a new Superintendent,” said President Foreman.

As required by city ordinance, when there is a vacancy in the Superintendent’s position, the Police Board is responsible for nominating three candidates for consideration by the Mayor.

“The Board will meet soon to launch a nation-wide search, which will include recruiting applicants, thoroughly reviewing applications, and conducting in-depth interviews of the best-qualified candidates,” said President Foreman. 

“The members of the Board and I are committed to undertaking a search that will lead to our presenting to the Mayor the best possible candidates,” continued President Foreman.  “We will be reaching out to all stakeholders—community members and organizations, CPD officers, elected officials, and others—and listening to their views on the professional experience and personal qualities one needs to meet the challenges of leading the nation’s second largest police department.” 

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