CHICAGO (CBS) — Hours before Mayor Rahm Emanuel formally announced his selection of Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson as the new interim superintendent, the leaders of the City Council’s Black and Latino caucuses threw their full support behind the decision.
The mayor has rejected the three finalists sent to him by the Chicago Police Board after a nationwide search for the city’s next top cop, and will announce Johnson as his choice Monday afternoon.
By law, the mayor is supposed to pick from the Police Board’s candidates.
It is believed that Emanuel will name Johnson as interim superintendent, replacing John Escalante, and then call for a new search with Johnson being on the Police Board’s next list.
Meantime, Leaders of the City Council’s Black and Latino Caucuses presented a united front Monday morning, in a show of support for Johnson’s appointment as the city’s next top cop.
Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), who chairs the City Council Black Caucus, said Johnson was a district commander in his ward, and is well-known and respected.
“I’ve had opportunity, multiple opportunities, to speak to Eddie Johnson on a variety of issues. I believe that if he’s given the opportunity and given the resources and the leverage that he needs to do things in the department, I think he will do them. We think he’s a gentleman that can do them,” he said.