Advice for Chicago's New Top Cop: Boost Morale, Reduce Crime [Chicago Tribune]

Dick Devine, a member of Cozen O'Connor's White Collar Defense & Investigations practice, discusses the ongoing news about the new Chicago Police Superintendent​. The process for naming a new police superintendent has taken an unexpected turn in the past week. In a rare but not unprecedented move, the mayor rejected all three names submitted by the Police Board and named Eddie Johnson the new interim superintendent, replacing John Escalante. This awkward state of affairs reflects the importance of the police chief appointment. The mayor simply can't afford to make the wrong call. A process designed to take some of the politics out of the process has proved unworkable at a time when the mayor must find a new police boss who is respected by officers and can hit the ground running. That would have been virtually impossible for the two outsiders on the original list. So the mayor opted to take the heat and picked a veteran of the department who by all reports has the support of the rank and file.

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