CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday night that Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson is Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pick for the CPD's new superintendent.
Ald. Roderick Sawyer confirmed to ABC7 Eyewitness News that he received a call from the mayor's office late Saturday night informing him of the choice.
Johnson is not one of the three finalists selected by the Chicago Police Board.
The report says that the law requires Emanuel to pick from the finalists chosen by the Police Board, and that the mayor intends to meet the letter of the law by rejecting the three options given by the board and appointing Johnson first as interim superintendent, replacing John Escalante, after which he will ask the police board to conduct a second search.
Report: Mayor selects Eddie Johnson as new CPD Superintendent