Chicago Mayor Richard Daley may appoint J. P. “Jody” Weis, FBI agent in charge in Philadelphia, as the next police superintendent, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The Chicago Police Board yesterday recommended three names to Daley after months of screening since the retirement of Police Superintendent Phil Cline.
None of the candidates is was from within the ranks of the Chicago Police Department, which has been beset with racial tension and corruption in its Special Operations Unit. If Daley selects Weis, he would follow in the footsteps of his father, who hired a criminologist from outside Illinois, O.W. Wilson, to clean up the police department in the wake of the a 1960 scandal in which eight cops were found guilty of setting up robberies and using squad cars to haul away the loot. Weis, a 22-year veteran of the FBI, is a specialist in terrorism, narcotics, and violent crime.