CHICAGO (CBS) — Members of the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus on Friday demanded interim Police Supt. John Escalante get the job permanently, or at least be included on a new list of finalists for the position.
Ald. George Cardenas (12th), who chairs the Latino Caucus, said all 11 members feel Escalante has done a good job since taking over for the fired Garry McCarthy, and the Chicago Police Board should have included him among the finalists sent to Mayor Rahm Emanuel for consideration.
“How can you have confidence the board that, through its process, rejects the same man that is leading the charge right now? I do question that,” he said.
Ald. Daniel Solis (25th) said it’s about more than just Escalante being left off the list of finalists.
“The fact that there wasn’t a Latino in the final three candidates, that’s not only a disappointment, that’s insulting,” he said.
Solis said the mayor should make sure the list of finalists for the superintendent’s job includes a Latino, specifically Escalante.
“As it now gets to the mayor’s office, he should respect the position that we’re taking, and tell the Police Board that you’ve got to come up with a new list,” he said.