Now that former federal prosecutor and Chicago Police investigator Lori Lightfoot is in place as president of the Chicago Police Board, the City Council Committee on Public Safety is slated to consider three more appointments to nine member independent body tasked with deciding disciplinary action against cops accused of misconduct.
The three Mayoral appointees to the Chicago Police Board include a major donor to the Mayor’s re-election fund and an immigration lawyer:
- John Simpson is a partner at Broadhaven Capital Partners with over 30 years of experience as a head investment banker and financial services executive, according to his company bio. Before joining Broadhaven, he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Canyon Partners and a former Vice Chairman of Wasserstein Perella & Co. He donated $52,800 to Chicago for Rahm Emanuel and $25,000 to Chicago Forward this past election cycle.
- Claudia Valenzuela is an Associate Director of Litigation at the Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center, an organization that provides legal services to immigrants. She represents non-citizens facing deportation before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and in federal court.
- William Conlon (re-appointment) is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP. He was first appointed to the board in 2011 and is a former Assistant United States Attorney.