CHICAGO (CBS) — A group of black aldermen on Thursday threatened to withhold their votes on Chicago’s next police superintendent if Mayor Rahm Emanuel does not allow the City Council to question all three finalists for the job.
Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus, said the group prefers the next head of the Police Department be an African-American from within the current ranks, but would be willing to consider any candidate if they get a chance to interview all three finalists.
The finalists chosen by the Chicago Police Board are: Eugene Williams, the African-American chief of the Chicago Police Department Bureau of Support Services; Cedric Alexander, the African-American public safety director of DeKalb County, Georgia, near Atlanta; and Anne Kirkpatrick the white retired police chief of Spokane, Washington.
Sawyer said the City Council should be given a chance to vet the finalists at a public hearing before Emanuel makes his choice on the next top cop.
“We have not spoken with any of the candidates about what their plans for the Police Department are,” he said. “If it goes the way it’s going right now, we won’t get that chance until confirmation.”