Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't hire the Chicago-based top cop that CPD officers were hoping for, but on Wednesday, a rank-and-file favorite was given the No. 2 spot.
Deputy Chief of Detectives Alfonza Wysinger was named first deputy superintendent by Garry McCarthy, currently serving as acting superintendent until he's officially approved by the city council.
Wysinger was considered a staff favorite during the top cop job search. He wasn't included on the list of finalists, though, and in the end, Emanuel appointed McCarthy, former Newark police chief.
There was loud applause Wednesday for Wysinger, who continues to receive high marks from cops on the street. He's worked for the Chicago Police Department for nearly 25 years, and Emanuel called him "a model Chicago police officer."
McCarthy says he was impressed right away. "A strong work ethic, passion for the law enforcement mission and a commitment to teamwork and partnerships are paramount for achieving crime reduction and public safety goals," said McCarthy in a statement. "First Deputy Wysinger has demonstrated these honorable characteristics."