In a nearly unanimous vote, the Chicago City Council today approved the appointment of Jody Weis as the next Chicago police superintendent, the first outsider to hold the post in four decades.
Jody Weis will consider hiring someone outside the department — possibly from the FBI like himself — to run the Internal Affairs Division that investigates police misconduct.
“That’s an area where I would consider bringing in an outside person to head that up,” Weis said in an interview today with the Chicago Sun-Times before he was confirmed by the City Council. “I just think it might be a fresh time for that.”
A couple of weeks ago I predicted that Debra Kirby would be one of the three big heads to get the axe.
In recent City Council hearings, Weis was pressured by some aldermen to pick an African-American as first deputy, but he has refused to make any promises about whom he will select.
Good for him! He should be picking someone based on their qualifications and not their skin color. According to certain aldermen, whites, Latins and
Asians need not apply for the First Deputy position due to the fact that the Superintendent is white.
The politics of race has been running this department far too long.