Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to reappoint Inspector General Joe
Ferguson to another four-year term. Ferguson, however, said he would
likely only stay on as the city's watchdog through next summer.
Emanuel and Ferguson came to the agreement Friday during a private City Hall meeting.
Back in June, Emanuel had initially said he wanted Ferguson, who's current four-year term expires in November, to reapply for his job due to a recommendation from his Ethics Reform Commission. But aldermen
with the Progressive Reform Caucus and the Better Government
Association, among others, have since called on Emanuel to reappoint
Ferguson as soon as possible instead of waiting for him to reapply for the job.
The mayor said in a statement following the Friday meeting that Ferguson would continue as Inspector General until the end of next summer in order to help bring the city to full Shakman decree compliance and end the four decades of expensive federal hiring oversight. The Shakman decree bars the city from making employment decisions based on political considerations.
Ferguson issued his own statement after the meeting and thanked Emanuel for “agreeing to allow me to continue to
work on wrapping up some unfinished projects, most notably achieving
Shakman compliance and fully implementing the administration’s ethics
“I expect we can do that up by the end of [next]
summer and then I plan to move on to other things,” the Inspector
The full city council has to sign off on Ferguson's reappointment.