Laughable "Merit" List
A Chicago Police officer who spent three months as a driver for Supt. Jody Weis and another officer who served four years on Mayor Daley’s bodyguard detail snared two of nine new merit promotions to the rank of sergeant.
The promotion of former Weis driver Floyd Goldsmith and former mayoral bodyguard Jack Dedore has shined the light on a merit promotion process that, critics contend, is rife with politics.
Weis, who has the final say on merit promotions, insisted that clout played no role in either promotion.
He called Dedore a “natural leader” who compiled the highest score of all the nominees ranked by a Merit Board comprised of four deputy superintendents and two assistant superintendents.
Dedore now serves as senior investigator on an organized crime case targeting gangs and narcotics that’s expected to come to a head shortly.
“There was no clout involved in this at all. I never got a call from the mayor’s office. All Sam [Roti] did was what all our commanders do,” he said.
Weis said he was so impressed with Goldsmith’s “phenomenal” inter-personal skills, he sent his driver back to Narcotics last month with a mandate to find someone to recommend him for a merit promotion.
“I asked him, `What do you want to do — be my driver or be a sergeant leading men? If you want to be a leader, quit driving me, get back in the field and find a commander to put you in. I promise I’ll look hard at your resume,” the superintendent said.
- He ain't heavy, he's my driver