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Emanuel Wants Top Cop Soon

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    The mayor-elect says he still doesn't know who's up for the Supt. job. (Published Thursday, Apr 28, 2011)

    Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is anxious to hear who's up for Chicago's top-cop job.

    "I don't want to waste a single day, I need -- not me -- the city needs a new police commander immediately."

    Emanuel says the job needs to be filled before crime spikes in the summer, as it always does.

    But Emanuel doesn't know who's on the short list at this point. Reports indicate that Newark, N.J. chief Garry McCarthy, federal drug czar Gil Kerlikowske and local Al Wysinger are atop the list.

    The mayor-elect has reportedly interviewed McCarthy .   The  Chicago Tribune adds besides local Wysinger -- who is deputy chief of detectives -- Eugene Williams, the chief of patrol as someone Emanuel would like to have considered.