Sneed Still Dishing Daley II
Protect ’em: Sneed has also learned Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel will have fewer bodyguards than Mayor Daley.
The stats: Emanuel will have approximately 17 police officer bodyguards — compared with the 22 on Daley’s detail.
It’s a wash: Daley will be assigned five officers already serving on his detail to stay with him — for an unspecified period after he leaves office.
New brass: Mayoral bodyguard Brian Thompson, an African-American patrolman who was elevated to commander status months ago, will lead Emanuel’s detail. (Thompson will not be the first African American to head a mayoral detail; Mayor Harold Washington tapped Howard Saffold to run his security team in the 1980s.)
Phew! Let’s hope Emanuel’s bodyguards won’t have to haul bags of recycled garbage from his vacation compound in Michigan back to Chicago like Daley’s bodyguards did. (Is it a measure to keep prying eyes off private paperwork?)
The big question: Will Daley’s post-mayoral security detail still have to haul his trash?
Back to the beat: Word is 10 of Daley’s bodyguards will be re-assigned to do regular police work in Chicago neighborhoods — but must go through the training academy again before doing so.
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