Garry McCarthy leaves Newark to become Chicago police superintendent with a reputation as a talented crime fighter who often struggled to connect with people he strived to protect, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Deputy Chief Samuel Demaio is expected to be interim chief.
City Councilman Ron Rice Jr., said McCarthy “put forth a great effort, a great four years with major faux pas and major missteps. The great things he was able to do with numbers are probably matched as far as the things he wasn't able to do community-wise.” City Council President Donald Payne said, “I don't ever think he really got the support of the community that you need to be successful in this town. It was kind of a double-edged sword with him.” Deborah Jacobs of the American Civil Liberties Union said, “The Newark Police Department remains in need of fundamental changes to ensure accountability.”