Chicago Police Board spend $500K on top cop search

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CHICAGO — After spending roughly $500,000 on the nationwide search for a new superintendent, the Chicago Police Board’s top three candidates were rejected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his pick that didn’t apply for the job, Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson.

The Sun-Times reports the police board spent the nearly half a million dollars on travel, accommodations, advertising, and background checks.

Ald. Anthony Beale said the cost for the search was so much that the city council should just let the mayor make Johnson the permanent superintendent.

“That’s a lot of money. There’s no need to spend another $500,000 of taxpayers’ money on a second search,” Beale told the Sun-Times. “Knowing the mayor has made it clear this is his pick, I don’t think you’ll get any more applicants.”

Before the three finalists were chosen, 39 candidates were considered for the superintendent position.

The top three candidates from The Police Board: Anne Kirkpatrick, retired police chief of Spokane, Washington; Cedric Alexander, public safety director of DeKalb County, Georgia; and the Chicago Police Department’s Deputy Superintendent, Eugene Williams.

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