Eugene Williams, the Deputy Police Superintendent recently linked with a possible cheating scandal within the force, will be retiring this year. Police blog Second City Cop posted a tip saying a communication was being distributed announcing a “cake and coffee retirement reception” for Williams, but did not disclose a date.
CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed the retirement, but did not respond to follow up requests for the effective date or whether Williams would return to the department in a civilian role. Guglielmi told Aldertrack that Williams, “hits the mandatory age retirement this year.” CPD’s mandatory retirement age is 63. About two dozen officers have returned to CPD or other city departments to fill civilian rolesafter their retirement from active duty, according a CBS and Better Government Association investigation.
DNAInfo has reported Williams and other higher-ups within the department are under investigation from the City Inspector General’s Office for sharing “privileged information” about the test used to promote sergeants to lieutenants.
Williams has served with CPD for 36 years, including 15 years at the command level, in part as Chief of Patrol. He also held positions in narcotics, homicide, organized crime and community policing divisions. In mid-March, Williams was revealed to be one of three finalists submitted by the Police Board to serve as new Superintendent of Police, and favored by some members of City Council’s Black Caucus. Mayor Emanuel tossed out those three finalists in favor of now-Supt. Eddie Johnson, whose fianceé, Lt. Nakia Fenner, is linked to the same testing scandal.