Weis Out As Chicago Chief; Hillard a Temporary Replacement


His fate sealed by the election Rahm Emanuel as mayor, Chicago police Superintendent Jody Weis abruptly stepped down after three years in office, and in a surprise, Terry Hillard, who retired as the city’s top cop in 2003, was named an interim replacement, reports the Chicago Tribune. Emanuel made it clear he would name a new superintendent after he takes office May 16, but Mayor Richard Daley had wanted Weis to serve until then.

The interim appointment of Hillard, 67, was unexpected. He was a low-key superintendent who served for 5 1/2 years and agreed to take a leave of absence from his security consulting business until Emanuel appoints a permanent successor. Weis, 53, an FBI veteran who became the first outsider named to head the tradition-bound department in more than 40 years, struggled to win over rank-and-file officers, but he had successes. No major scandals erupted during his reign. In his first year, violent crime spiked, but then murders fell even as staffing declined sharply. Last year, Chicago had the fewest homicides since 1965. Yet the department suffered its deadliest year in a quarter-century as six police officers were killed.

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