Drug Czar Kerlikowske Interviews to Head Chicago Police


Despite calls for the promotion of a new Chicago police superintendent from within the department's ranks, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel could yet do as he did in finding a new schools CEO and go far beyond the city limits for Chicago's next top cop, reports the Chicago News Cooperative. President Barack Obama's drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, is among the contenders to become Emanuel's choice for police superintendent after taking office next month.

Kerlikowske, whose formal title is director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, met last week with Emanuel in Chicago. Kerlikowske served as Seattle's police chief for nine years before joining the Obama administration in early 2009. He was in town again over the weekend for an interview with the police board. At least three current Chicago police officials were among a small group interviewed by the board. While Kerlikowske's knowledge of Chicago may be limited, Emanuel got to know him well when Emanuel was White House chief of staff. Another outsider candidate for the job is Garry McCarthy, director of the Newark, N.J., police.

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