CPD’s John Escalante hired as Northeastern Illinois University’s Chief of Police

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John Esalante.

CHICAGO — Northeastern Illinois University has hired Chicago Police Department First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante as its next Chief of Police.

Escalante has been with the Chicago Police Department for 30 years. In December 2015, he briefly served as interim superintendent when Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired former Supt. Garry McCarthy following heated fallout from the Laquan McDonald shooting video.

“John Escalante has a national reputation in the field of law enforcement for his experience, integrity and leadership,” Northeastern President Sharon Hahs said in a statement. “We welcome him to the Northeastern Illinois University community as we work together to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff.”

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson issued the following statement about Escalante’s new job:

“As Police Superintendent and a resident of Chicago, I have bittersweet emotions on John’s decision to accept this incredible opportunity as our Police Department will lose a very dedicated and intelligent crime fighter who cares deeply about the people and safety of our city. However, as a friend and father of college-aged children, I would be grateful knowing that John Escalante is the man safeguarding their college experience and future. The students and faculty of Northeastern Illinois University couldn’t have chosen a better candidate for the position of Chief of Police and on behalf of the entire Chicago Police Department, I wish him the very best and thank him for his invaluable contributions to the City.”

Northeastern selected Escalante after conducting a national search involving more than 140 applicants. Escalante will replace James Lyon, who left the university in March.

He starts his new job on Sept. 7.