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    Let the search begin.

    This isn't the first time Chicago officials -- namely Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel -- have thought about who ultimately will replace former Police Supt. Jody Weis.

    Weis: Small Minority Was Never Going to Accept Me

    [CHI] Weis: Small Minority Was Never Going to Accept Me
    Former Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis concedes that the city saw outright demonstrations against him, but says it was a small, vocal minority. (Published Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011)

    But on Wednesday, the Chicago Police Board officially launched its search, giving applicants until April 11 to answer four essay questions about past achievements, boosting diversity, continuing the reduction of homicides and improving morale.

    The fourth question is new this year, the Sun-Times points out. It speaks to reports of bad morale on Weis' watch.

    Former Police Supt. to Re-assume Post

    [CHI] Former Police Supt. to Re-assume Post
    Former Chicago police Supt. Terry Hillard said Tuesday that it's an honor to be asked to temporarily reassume his former post. (Published Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011)

    Earlier this month, Weis didn't receive the written contract extension that would have kept him on as police superintendent until the end of Mayor Richard Daley's term this May.

    He left the post, and veteran Daley aide Terry Hillard intermittently took over.

    Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey acknowledged on Wednesday that he and Emanuel have discussed his possible return to Chicago, the Daily News reports.

    Ramsey said he couldn't "dismiss" the idea of returning to his hometown, where he spent three decades at the Chicago Police Department. 

    Chicago's police board plans to present three candidates to Emanuel for consideration. Emanuel hopes to have a new superintendent in place by May 16, inauguration day.