Saturday afternoon Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his intention to install Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson as Police Superintendent. While most of Chicago’s media and politicians were busy with family Easter celebrations, Sun Times’ Fran Speilman and Frank Main got the Mayor’s office leak while NBC5’s Mary Ann Ahern broke the most inflammatory news, that Police Board nominee Cedric Alexander was offered the job first after a stumbling interview with Emanuel.
A tick tock built from those must-read stories, plus a Chicago Tribune team reportreleased this morning follows:
Saturday, March 19 – Mayor Emanuel interviews Police Board nominees, including Cedric Alexander.
Sunday, March 20 – Emanuel meets with Alexander a second time, but Alexander claims Emanuel was “disrespectful” and subsequently asked Police Board to withdraw nomination.
Thursday, March 24 – Black Caucus holds press conference calling for local African-American choice, but is unspecific whom they prefer.
Emanuel asks for “reboot”, meets with Cedric Alexander for third time in D.C., offers him superintendent job.
Friday, March 25 – Latino Caucus issues release calling for hearings.
Emanuel calls Alexander, tells him to wait before telling anyone.
Saturday, March 26 – Emanuel announces Eddie Johnson as pick.
Police Board announces “has not received formal communication” from Mayor.
Latino & Black Caucus issue joint release, welcoming Eddie Johnson as interim choice.