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Drug Czar Seeks Chicago's Top Cop Spot

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    NEWSLETTERS

    We're starting to get a glimpse at who's in the running for Chicago's next police superintendent.

    According to the Chicago News Cooperative, the biggest name is Gil Kerlikowske -- currently President Barack Obama's drug czar. Kerlikowske met with Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel last week in Chicago and was back in town over the weekend for an interview with the Chicago Police Board, the CNC reported.

    Kerlikowske's official title is director of White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Before his current post he was the Seattle police chief for 9 years and also had been Buffalo New York's police commissioner.

    The CNC also lists the following applicants:

    • Garry McCarthy -- Newark New Jersey's director of police, also a former NYC deputy commissioner
    • Gene Williams -- Chief of Patrol, CPD
    • Al Wysinger -- Deputy Chief of Detectives, CPD
    • Deb Kirby -- Asst. Deputy Superintendent, CPD
    • Michael Shields -- Head of security for CPS
    • Dan Isom -- The Chicago Tribune reports that St. Louis' police chief has also thrown his name in the hat.