The Chicago Police Board announced on Thursday the three finalists for the city's police superintendent position.
The candidates recommended to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is tasked with picking the next police chief, include Cedric Alexander, Anne Kirkpatrick and Eugene Williams. The police board received applications from 39 candidates.
"This was no ordinary search for a new Police Superintendent because these are not ordinary times," Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. "Chicago is at a critical juncture, and the person who is selected to lead the Police Department must fundamentally change the relationship between Chicago's police and the people they serve, particularly the people who are in the communities most impacted and devastated by violent crime. The next leader must also inspire the men and women of the Police Department to come together and perform at their highest levels to serve and protect all Chicagoans."
"We are confident," she added, "that we have selected the three best-qualified candidates to lead and inspire the men and women of the Chicago Police Department to protect our communities, and to provide them with a new framework of clear accountability."
Here is information on the police board's recommended candidates, as provided in a news release:
Dr. Cedric Alexander is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety in DeKalb County, Georgia, overseeing the operations of the police department, fire department and other public safety units. He also previously served as the Chief of Police for DeKalb County. Alexander also serves a consultant with the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services ("COPS") office. Alexander also formerly was the Chief of Police in Rochester, New York, has high-level experience with the federal Department of Homeland Security and was Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. He served on the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and is a 39-year law enforcement veteran with a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Anne E. Kirkpatrick is a veteran Chief of Police, serving three Washington cities over 16 years, including Spokane, its second largest city. Throughout her career, she has implemented accountability management systems, civilian oversight programs, fatal incident protocols and robust community policing. Kirkpatrick is currently a national Instructor at the FBI's Leadership Program called LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association), where she trains high-level law enforcement executives. A 33-year law enforcement veteran, she began her career as a patrol officer in Memphis, Tennessee and received a Master's degree in counseling and a law degree.
Eugene Williams is the Chief of Support Services for the Chicago Police Department, where he oversees the implementation of the Department's $1.4 billion budget and has extensive knowledge of the CPD's operations, resources and personnel. He has served the Chicago Police Department in various capacities for 36 years, with 15 years of command-level experience, including Chief of Patrol where he directed operations of all the police districts throughout the city. He has also held positions in narcotics, homicide, organized crime and community policing.
The Police Board began its search for a new Chicago police superintendent after Emanuel fired Garry McCarthy from the post in December following the November court-ordered release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video.
Emanuel tapped CPD First Deputy John Escalante to take over as interim police chief during the Police Board's superintendent candidate search. Escalante was reportedly among the candidates who applied for the superintendent position.