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Eddie Johnson Officially Retires From Chicago Police Department

Johnson retained his rank as a lieutenant after he was fired from his job as superintendent by Mayor Lightfoot on Monday

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    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019)

    Former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is officially off of the city’s payroll, days after he was fired from his position as the head of the second-largest police department in the United States.

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office made the announcement Wednesday evening, saying that Johnson had retired from his “career service rank” with the department.

    “We have been informed that effective today, Mr. Johnson retired from his career service rank and is no longer employed by the Chicago Police Department,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.

    According to Lightfoot, Johnson remained with the force as a lieutenant after he was removed from his position as superintendent on Monday.

    “He reverted to his career service status, which means that, typically, when police officers get promoted up to exempt status, whatever their last career service status is, whether it’s lieutenant or captain, they leave the exempt status and they return to that,” Lightfoot said after giving a speech at Bradley University on Wednesday.

    Lightfoot had also said that she expected Johnson to be off the department’s payroll by the end of the week, and Johnson made it official by retiring on Wednesday.

    Johnson was fired earlier this week after Mayor Lightfoot said he "intentionally misled" her and the public with his explanation of an October incident in which he was found asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle. 

    Johnson initially said that a change in medication had caused the incident, and ordered an internal investigation into the matter. 

    In firing Johnson on Monday, Lightfoot said she saw evidence from the inspector general's report that led her to believe that Johnson "engaged in conduct that is not only unbecoming but demonstrated a series of ethical lapses and flawed decision-making that is inconsistent with having the privilege of leading the Chicago Police Department." 

    A source confirmed to NBC 5 that Johnson was out to dinner on the night of the incident with a female colleague in the department. 

    Johnson's termination came one month before his planned retirement. 

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times, multiple CPD employees are under investigation for allegedly trying to protect Johnson by covering up the circumstances surrounding the October incident. 

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