City Council votes unanimously to approve Eddie Johnson as new CPD superintendent

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago City Council has voted unanimously to approve Eddie Johnson as the new police superintendent.

The vote on Wednesday confirming Johnson as the next top cop was 50-0.

On Tuesday, Johnson faced questions by the public safety committee. Aldermen asked him about his plans to fight Chicago’s growing gang problem, morale among the ranks, and a staffing shortage on the streets.

The committee voted to waive an ordinance requiring he be vetted by the police board.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel handpicked Johnson last month as an interim superintendent, declining to choose the three finalists.

Johnson will earn a $260,000 salary.

He says he's prepared to lead the department, raise morale, restore trust and combat crime.