CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — Two outsiders and a Chicago Police insider reportedly have the inside-track to become the next police superintendent.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the insider is reportedly the current Chicago Police Deputy Chief of Detectives Al Wysinger. He is a former district commander and specialist in gang crimes.READ MORE: COVID-19 Update: Indiana Reports 336 New Cases, 30 Additional Deaths
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Back in 2007, Wysinger gained accolades when he heard gunshots in the neighborhood where his grandmother was celebrating her 80th birthday, and he chased down a suspect that had just shot a woman.
Echoing earlier reports, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday morning that the outsiders under consideration are Newark, N.J., police Chief Garry McCarthy, and White House drug czar Gil Kerlikoswke.
McCarthy, a former New York City police commander, was also a candidate for the Chicago job in 2003, when Phil Cline was selected. At the time, he criticized the process as being rigged by City Hall in favor of insiders.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Illinois: 268 New COVID-19 Cases, 15 Additional Deaths; 52% Of Adults Fully Vaccinated
Kerlikowske previously headed police departments in Buffalo, N.Y., and Seattle.
Speaking last week to CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine, former Police Supt. Richard Brzeczek said local ties were the most important quality for a new superintendent.
“If they can’t find just one person to come in here and run that department from within, that to me is a serious problem,” Brzeczek said Friday.
Another decision for Mayor Emanuel is how much to pay his new top cop. The last superintendent, outsider Jody Weis, a former FBI agent, got more than $300,000 annually — more than mayor himself.MORE NEWS: Chicago Police Sergeant Struck By Hit-And-Run Driver
Emanuel says he hopes to have a new police superintendent picked before he takes office May 16.