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Police board opens nation-wide search for Chicago police Superintendent

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Public Meetings and Extensive Community Engagement Planned

Chicago Police Board President Lori E. Lightfoot announced today that the application material for the position of Superintendent of Police is now available, and can be found on the Police Board’s website at

“The application is comprehensive in nature. It is designed to require each candidate to not only describe his or her professional and personal qualifications, but to also directly address important challenges facing the Police Department,” said President Lightfoot.

As required by city ordinance, when there is a vacancy in the Superintendent’s position, the Police Board is responsible for nominating three candidates for consideration by the Mayor.

In order to enhance community engagement regarding the selection process, the Police Board will host a series of community meetings to solicit public feedback. Those meetings will occur in different locations across the city in the new year.

Prospective candidates will have until Friday, January 15, to apply for the position. Following a thorough review of all applications, the Board will conduct in-depth interviews of the candidates whom the Board believes are best qualified for the position. The Board will then select three finalists and, pursuant to the Municipal Code, submit the three nominees to the Mayor.

The Police Board is an independent body of citizens appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council.

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