The Chicago Police Board has its work cut out to deliver Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel three top cop finalists well before Inauguration Day.
The board received more than 40 applications for the police superintendent job, Police Board President Demetrius Carney said Tuesday in a statement. Applicants included "significant numbers" of current police department members and candidates from outside Chicago.
Applicants' names remain under wraps, but Carney said many of the external candidates are current or former leaders of large organizations.
Review of the candidates is already underway. After applications are considered, the board will conduct interviews with best-qualified candidates, then pick three finalists for submission to Emanuel.
“The Board is very pleased with the response we received from such a talented and diverse group of candidates,” Carney said.
Emanuel has said he wants his law enforcement team in place by his inauguration day on May 16.
The job application was made available March 16. Monday was the filing deadline.
Though Philadelphia's Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey removed himself from the running last week, it's expected there will be healthy competition for those who want the job.