Candidates For Mayor Want New Police Chief

CHICAGO (CBS) — No matter who wins the race for mayor of Chicago, the city’s top cop is virtually assured of being out of a job in the next few months.

All four top candidates for mayor have said they’d bring in someone to replace Police Supt. Jody Weis, whose contract expires in March — two months before a new mayor is sworn in.

On Tuesday, presumptive frontrunner Rahm Emanuel said it’s important if he’s elected to have a “fresh start” and pick a new top cop when Weis’ contract runs out.

City Clerk Miguel del Valle, who is also running for mayor, also said Tuesday that he would replace Weis if elected.

Earlier in the campaign, candidates Gery Chico and Carol Moseley Braun said they want to bring in a new superintendent.

Emanuel said that Weis has indicated he plans to leave when his contract expires. Weis couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday, but said as recently as Friday that he wants to keep his job.

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  • Jane

    Yeah yeah everbody hates Weis, the guy from the union is always blasting him. Funny though…Murders have not been lower for 45 years and most other crime is down, numbers don’t lie. So is this more about the cops (and the union)wanting a Chicago cop in there or is he really doing a bad job?

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