Group of Chicago aldermen backing insider for top cop job

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A group of Chicago aldermen are backing a career Chicago cop for police superintendent.

The West Side Black Elected Officials organization endorsed Eugene Williams on Monday. Williams is the only "insider" on the police board's list of finalists for the job. Williams has been with the CPD for 35 years, and he is now chief of the Bureau of Support Services, which serves as the administrative backbone of the Chicago Police Department.

Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) called Williams a "no-brainer" for the job.

The other candidates are Cedric Alexander, public safety director of DeKalb County, Georgia; and Anne Kirkpatrick, retired police chief of Spokane, Washington.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he will move quickly to name the next superintendent.

The job, which pays $260,044/year, has been vacant since Dec. 1 when Emanuel fired Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

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