Mayor Richard M. Daley today announced that he has asked former Police Superintendent Terry Hillard to step in as Interim Police Chief during the last two months of the Mayor’s term.
Daley has asked Hillard to work with command staff at the Chicago Police Department as they plan their summer policing strategies and also to meet with Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel’s transition team as they prepare to select a new Superintendent.
“Terry’s knowledge and understanding of the police department is outstanding,” said Mayor Daley. “He will ensure that the needs of our residents continue to be met and that the transition to the new administration is smooth and seamless.”
Mayor Daley commended Superintendent Jody Weis for his dedication and hard work.
“I would like to thank Jody Weis for his service to the people of Chicago over the past three years,” said Mayor Daley. “He has been successful at both implementing new strategies in our fight against crime and assuring that the conduct of our police officers meets the highest standards so that our residents have confidence that the Police Department is protecting and serving them.”
Hillard will take a leave of absence from his consulting firm Hillard Heintze and will temporarily end all other business relationships.
Hillard will officially start on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 and will serve through the end of Mayor Daley’s term.