Board releases finalists for Chicago top cop job

April 29, 2011

By Alex Keefe and The Associated Press

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The finalists to replace Jody Weis as Chicago's police superintendent have been announced.

The Chicago Police Board says two members of the city's police department and the police chief in Newark, N.J. are the three finalists to become Chicago's next police superintendent.

Debra Kirby is a deputy superintendent in the department's Bureau of Professional Standards. Eugene Williams is the department's chief of patrol. The outside candidate is Garry McCarthy. He's a 25-year veteran of the New York City Police Department who's been running the Newark department since 2006.

Not on the list of finalists that Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has to choose from is Gil Kerikowske, the White House drug czar who's said he applied for the job.

Emanuel can choose a superintendent from the list or request that the search be reopened. Last month he suggested he's looking for minority or female candidates, and also "somebody that shares a vision on community policing, that understands that the beat officer is the backbone of the police department." The three finalists would seem to fit the bill: Kirby, who is female; Williams, an African-American; and McCarthy, an advocate for community policing in New Jersey, according to the Police Board.

And unlike former Superintendent Jody Weis, all three are also sworn police officers. Mayor Richard Daley took some heat for ignoring the Police Board's recommendations the last time he filled the post. But Emanuel has said he will "respect the process."