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Emanuel to Name McCarthy Top Cop

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Emanuel to Name McCarthy Top Cop
Emanuel to Name McCarthy Top Cop

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Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is expected to name Garry McCarthy Chicago's next police superintendent.

A source close to Emanuel's transition team said Sunday the announcement likely will come Monday.

The Newark, N.J., police chief and finalist in Chicago's police superintendent search has been considered a front-runner for the position thanks to his street cop background and experience with CompStat, a program that helped reduce homicide rates in New York City.

Emanuel has emphasized his desire for both of those qualities, saying he wants someone who supports beat officers and can bring down violent-crime numbers in the city.

McCarthy told the Sun-Times on Friday that if picked for the job, he's willing to do what former top cop Jody Weis never did: go through the Chicago Police Academy. 

The Chicago police board announced Friday it picked McCarthy among three top finalists for the job. The other two on the list are from Chicago: Chief of Patrol Eugene Williams and Debra Kirby, deputy superintendent overseeing the Bureau of Professional Standards.

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