A look at the shortlist of candidates seeking to become Chicago's next top cop

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CHICAGO — A shortlist of candidates aiming to becoming the city's next top cop has emerged.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the city's police board narrowed its list of 25 contenders down to a handful of candidates. Among them is Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman, former Los Angeles Police Officer Sean Malinowski, Chicago Deputy Police Chief Ernest Cato and former Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

Malinowski is a long-time ally of Chicago’s interim CPD Supt., and former Los Angeles Police, Chief Charlie Beck. Malinowski retired from the LAPD as chief of detectives in 2019. He is a former Fulbright Scholar with a doctorate in public administration. He now lives in Chicago and works at the University of Chicago Crime Lab, serving as a consultant to the CPS for the last two years helping implement departments predictive policing strategy as a champion of the data driven' approach.

Also, on the list is current Deputy Chief Ernest Cato who is viewed as a rising star in the Chicago Police Department and has been a visible presence at crime scenes. He has made emotional pleas for more cooperation between the community and the department.

The only woman on the list is Aurora Police Chief Kristin Ziman, who distinguished herself with thoughtful and decisive leadership during a crisis that put Aurora in the national spotlight. She was widely praised for her handling of the mass shooting last February at the Henry Pratt Plant, and is known as a cop who leads like a coach ...

The final candidate is said to be former Dallas Police Chief David Brown. The 59-year-old former chief gained national prominence when he consoled the department, city and country by quoting Stevie Wonder lyrics and invoking love in the face of hatred after five officers were shot and killed in 2016.

The police board still needs to narrow the list further to three finalists, which will be presented to Mayor Lori Lightfoot for her consideration.

"As the municipal code stipulates, we are awaiting three names from the police board for consideration as candidates for the superintendent position," the mayor's office said.

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