Chicago’s Former Police Superintendent Disagrees With New Emphasis On Beat Cops

CHICAGO (CBS) – Seven months after leaving the job, former Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis discusses his feelings about being moved out and how he thinks his replacement is doing.

Weis, now the deputy director of the Chicago Crime Commission, talked with CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson.

He opened up about why he was not invited to stay when Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the reins from Weis’s old boss, Richard Daley. Daley picked Weis from the FBI.

“Rahm and I have different philosophies,” Weis told Jacobson. “Again, he’s much more geared toward the beat, and I am more geared toward the specialized units.”

“You have to have the superintendent and the mayor on the same sheet of music,” Weis added. “And it would have been very hard for me to change my whole philosophy 180 degrees. People would have been asking, ‘What’s Jody all about? He’s completely shifting gears. Is he getting just political?’”

Walking along 35th Street, he talked about current superintendent Garry McCarthy’s move to disband the specialized units that Weis worked so hard to create, turning the specialized cops into beat cops.

One store manager told Jacobson he likes seeing cops on the beat.

“They’re always around,” he said.

Weis’s three years weren’t easy. Rank and file lined up outside City Hall protesting his leadership.

Why were some of them so hostile?

“At the end of the day, some folks just did not want, in my opinion, an FBI agent from the outside running the department,” Weis said.

In that respect, McCarthy, the former chief of Newark, N.J., and a former New York cop, stands a “better opportunity to succeed,” Weis says.

He has some advice for his successor.

“I would say take the time to learn the city and recognize the fact that there is another city besides New York,” Weis says.

Weis is currently working on a commission report on the Chicago Police Department.

  • Mary

    what does he know? he was never a cap.thats why he was a poor fit & was
    protested against.,he never had the street cops back & took off when shots were fired.a REAL cop would have run torwards where the shots were coming from.i could’ve done a better job,i have no experience being a cop either but i have enough sense to listen to the guys on the job who do know.

  • Henry Bowman

    After Holder why would anyone trust a fed?

  • Jennie

    Jody, you were the best police chief since ow wilson. I was hoping you not come to chicago and try to make a difference with these officiers. they are a members of the good old boy network that you would not be able to pentrate. You made close to a million dollars plus your pension. You are in damn good shape and you have the respect of most of the communities in chicago. (You were better than them and they didn’t like you.)


    Cozzi got what he deserved. Onerotten apple gone with many more to follow.

  • fillmoreranger

    It is unfortunate that Mr. Weis chooses not to fade into the sunset. It seems he will be the bad penny that keeps turning up.

    Also unfortunate is that he continues to cry, blaming his demise on others not liking an FBI agent as Chicago’s top cop, instead of looking in the mirror at himself. It wasn’t where he came from, it was what he did and didn’t do as Chicago’s police superintendent that showed his ineffectiveness.

    While he did a few good things while he was here, he failed to learn and apply some basics.

    Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Law enforcement’s attachment to the neighborhoods is the beat cop, plain and simple. Stripping the neighborhoods of beat cops in favor of multiple field forces (specialized units) was inflated redundancy, done only as a strategy to entice police officers after he totally destroyed department morale.

    Under Weis, the CPD was frozen in organizational paralysis from the top to the bottom. Even his command staff did not know who was steering the ship. A fatal flaw under his “command” was walking in and turning the CPD upside down before REALLY learning who was who and how the department operated. Adding to his problems was promoting some of the most incompetent people to levels within the command staff.

    Was he given poor advice or did he just make poor decisions? Either way, he failed Chicago.

    Just how bad were things under Weis? When he left, the interim superintendent was compelled to immediately undo some of the damage Weis caused. It couldn’t even wait for McCarthy to sit in the chair. That speaks volumes in of itself.

    It is time for Mr. Weis to focus on the next adventures of his life and quit trying to salvage his disappointing legacy in Chicago by tooting his horn or making excuses for his failed leadership. Haven’t we heard enough from him already?

  • Jay

    Only one word comes to mind to describe Weis’s three year tenure as Chicago’s top cop: Disgraceful. I can’t imagine a more incompetent man at the helm of the 2nd largest PD in the US. Being a former ASAC with the FBI in no way prepared him to fill the role as Chicago Police Supt., and it became evident very soon after his arrival that he was in way over his level of experience and/or expertise. Weis’s lack of basic understanding of how to run a PD enabled Daley to place a civilian who was even more incompetent into the role of Chief of Staff, directly under Weis, but making all important decisions regarding the CPD. These two incompetent men pretty much destroyed the CPD and caused every unit within the Dept. to effectively shut down. Mr, Weis, you had your day in the sun here, and all you brought were rain clouds of incompetence. Admit it was a mistake, that you failed, and move on. The CPD has, and it’s time you did too.

  • mr reality

    Total jag bag. Quick fact: Murders of Chicago police officers have fallen 600 % , (six hundred percent ) since he was fired.

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