As a very high-ranking officer in a major out-of-state police agency, I find the CPD dilemma particularly disturbing. Well-informed police executives throughout the nation are aware of the fully politicized administration of the Chicago P.D.
It is common knowledge among IACP and PERF membership that any "nationwide search" for a successor to Philip Cline is at best, disingenuous, certainly under your current mayor.
Chief Cline's successor will be chosen from within the ranks of the Chicago P.D.
The selection board will be clandestinely directed to include your mayor's predetermined favorite among the finalists.
Your mayor will retain absolute control over the CPD through his selection.
Tragically, the essential prerequisite is that Mayor Daley's choice must be willing to blindly compromise any ethical principles and defer to Daley's every whim as his loyal puppet.
Heavy-handed, politically corrupt interference anathematizes the credibility, integrity and morale of a professional law enforcement agency.
Do not expect any eminently qualified out-of-town applicants.
Wed Apr 04, 04:28:00 PM
And then we read in today's Sun-Times the feelings of Garry McCarthy, formerly of the NYPD, who was a finalist in the 1993 superintendent search.
"Having had a taste of Chicago politics, I'm not sure I would want to subject myself to that again," said McCarthy, 47.
"I was called after it was announced at a press conference. I thought it was kind of dirty pool after spending hours with Mayor Daley.
Go figure! Welcome to our world/blog Mr. McCarthy.