The Three Future Fall Guys/Gals
- Two outsiders and a high-ranking veteran of the Chicago Police Department were announced Thursday as finalists for the city's next police superintendent.
In making the announcement, Lori Lightfoot, head of the Chicago Police Board, called it a historic moment for the Police Department, saying, "Things have to change from the inside out."
Two African-American men and a white woman were selected. They are:
•Cedric Alexander, the public safety director of DeKalb County in Georgia who has a doctorate in clinical psychology and has 39 years in law enforcement, including as police chief in Rochester, N.Y.
•Anne Kirkpatrick, who was police chief in Spokane, Wash., for six years, holds a law degree and is an instructor at the FBI Leadership Academy.
•Chicago Deputy Police Superintendent Eugene Williams, who has 36 years with Chicago police, 15 years on the command staff, including his current position as head of the Bureau of Support Services, which oversees the department's administrative activities.
Let us be among the first to welcome Supernintendo Gene Williams to the post. Of course, he'll be mandatory retirement age later this year, but will retain the spot as civilian due to his close ties to various political and religious based organizations.
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