Report: White House Drug Czar A Candidate For Chicago Top Cop

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel hopes to have his new police superintendent picked before he’s sworn in less than four weeks from now, and it appears the list of prime candidates is getting shorter.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, among those reportedly on that ever-shortening list of candidates is Gil Kerlikowske, President Barack Obama’s director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy – known colloquially as the Drug Czar, the Chicago News Cooperative reported.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Kerlikowske has also headed police departments in Seattle and Buffalo, N.Y.

The Chicago News Cooperative reports Kerlikowske met separately last week with Emanuel and the Chicago Police Board.

Also reportedly on the short list is Newark, N.J., police Director Garry McCarthy, who is also a former deputy commissioner of operations for the New York Police Department, the News Cooperative reported.

Emanuel may also pick someone from within the Police Department. Among the options are Chief of Patrol Gene Williams, Detective Division Deputy Chief Al Wysinger, and Assistant Deputy Supt. Debra Kirby, the News Cooperative reported.

Earlier this month, the man thought to have been the frontrunner, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, said he was out.

Ramsey, a native of Chicago, decided to stay in Philly for the foreseeable future. Sources said Ramsey was asking for a compensation package of more than $400,000 and Emanuel found that unacceptable.

Supt. Terry Hillard, who also served as superintendent from 1998 to 2004, is now back on an interim basis. But he has said he does not want the job again permanently.

  • bob

    What is this? Is Obama controlling Chicago now? Got his guy as mayor and soon to be top cop another from Obama. Who’s next from Obama in Chicago?

    • jesse jr.

      you should have run for mayor,you could pick
      who want if elected.

  • Jean

    I have often wondered if Chicago and its politics was controlling Obama

  • Nancy

    Does this surprise anyone????? Mr. Obama appears to be controlling everything EXCEPT what he should be controlling. You think that is bad, look who Emanuel has tapped for CPS head. Chicago will be a “mini” white house at this rate……..congrats to all those who voted Emanuel in – you have him for 4 years

    • Chi-town

      We’ll have him alot longer than that. I think he’ll be a great Mayor.
      A dog would be a better Mayor then any Republican.

      • David

        Republicans….do they even exist in Chicago?

  • Luis

    What next, Cass Sunstein for head of Lincoln Park Zoo?

  • chi-town is lazy

    why? because if there was a conservative mayor you’d be cut off of your welfare?

    • Chi-town

      I’ve worked for the last 33 years and still have a good 10-15 years to go’
      Oh yeah, you’re a loser, you whiny titty baby.

  • malcolm kyle

    Prohibition is a sickening horror and the ocean of hypocrisy, incompetence, corruption and human wreckage it has left in its wake is almost endless.

    Prohibition has decimated generations and criminalized millions for a behavior which is entwined in human existence, and for what other purpose than to uphold the defunct and corrupt thinking of a minority of misguided, self-righteous Neo-Puritans and degenerate demagogues who wish nothing but unadulterated destruction on the rest of us.

    Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use, among all echelons of society, is essentially an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most normal thinking people in the direction of sensible regulation.

    By its very nature, prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business model – the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left in the hands of unregulated, anonymous and ruthless drug dealers, who are interested only in the huge profits involved. Thus the allure of this reliable and lucrative industry, with it’s enormous income potential that consistently outweighs the risks associated with the illegal operations that such a trade entails, will remain with us until we are collectively forced to admit the obvious.

    There is therefore an irrefutable connection between drug prohibition and the crime, corruption, disease and death it causes. Anybody ‘halfway bright’, and who’s not psychologically challenged, should be capable of understanding that it is not simply the demand for drugs that creates the mayhem, it is our refusal to allow legal businesses to meet that demand. If you are not capable of understanding this connection then maybe you’re using something far stronger than the rest of us. So put away your pipe, lock yourself away in a small room with some tinned soup and water, and try to crawl back into reality A.S.A.P.

    Because Drug cartels will always have an endless supply of ready cash for wages, bribery and equipment, no amount of tax money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safe again. Only an end to prohibition can do that! How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?

    If you support the Kool-Aid mass suicide cult of prohibition, and erroneously believe that you can win a war without logic and practical solutions, then prepare yourself for even more death, tortured corpses, corruption, terrorism, sickness, imprisonment, economic tribulation, unemployment and the complete loss of the rule of law.

    The only thing prohibition successfully does is prohibit regulation & taxation while turning even our schools and prisons into black markets for drugs. Regulation would mean the opposite!

    Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.

  • farang korat

    It is even money that Rahm will choose Kirby to show his “progressive” social bent, and to make Michelle Obama “feel good about Chicago for the first time in her life.”Face it folks, Rahm is a lefty idealogue, a Progressive ‘tool,’ and a mouthpiece for somebody in the shadows of the ‘invisible’ Daley machine that will still run city from the shadows.

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