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Top cop’s midnight moves: McCarthy shakes up police commanders

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy (pictured August 2012)  |   Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy (pictured in August 2012) | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 6, 2013 10:07AM

Sneed has learned that the bell tolled at midnight Monday for top cops toiling in the city’s top shooting galleries and murder dens.

◆ Translation: A massive police shake-up by Police Supt. Garry McCarthy went into effect late Monday when he made seven executive police moves.

◆ Buckshot: It’s no secret that the growing murder toll in Chicago is making for a very jumpy and exasperated Mayor Rahm Emanuel. A major Police Department overhaul in murder management, which has been in the planning stages, was inevitable

◆ Upshot: Chief among the McCarthy moves was naming gang investigations chief Joe Gorman as the new police commander of the 9th District, which has the dreaded distinction of having the largest shooting increase in the city in 2012. Gorman, who replaces 9th District Police Cmdr. David Jarmusz, has the reputation of “being a ferocious investigator and a department superstar,” a police source said.

◆ Backshot: Contacted for comment, McCarthy told Sneed: “We’ve been working on getting the best people into the most difficult places since I took office. We’ve now replaced 19 of our 23 district commanders.” But McCarthy agreed there was no doubt what happened over the weekend accelerated the changes.

◆ Scatter shot: Eight people were killed in shootings over the weekend, and 30 others — at least seven of them teenagers — were wounded. In addition, 12 people were shot on Chicago’s West and South Sides throughout the night Monday, including five people hurt in a single shooting on a South Shore corner.

◆ New shot: Included in the seven executive moves, McCarthy replaced 20th District Cmdr. Lucy Moy-Bartosik with 5th District Capt. James Jones — who, Sneed hears, could be the first African-American police commander in charge of a district north of Diversey Parkway.

Latsko lore . . .

Land ahoy! Multimillionaire Chicago real estate developer Fred Latsko, who owns Oprah Winfrey’s former 180-acre Indiana estate, just bought the 112-acre Robert Taylor Ranch in California for $12 million at an auction. Taylor, a famous Hollywood actor who was once married to actress Barbara Stanwyck, died in 1969.

◆ Back story: In 1990, the former owner put the ranch on the market for $45 million. Latsko, a savvy operator who was mentored by the late real estate mogul/Chicago Bears football star Sid Luckman, beat out 11 other bidders.

Obamarama . . .

From fashion to foreign service? The latest White House tittletattle: Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour, one of the president’s biggest fund-raisers, may be rewarded with an ambassadorship to Great Britain or France.

◆ Wintour, who moves easily among the swells, would follow in the footsteps of the late political hostess/wife of rich and powerful men Pamela Churchill Harriman, who was appointed ambassador to France in 1993 by President Bill Clinton as a reward for her loyalty.

Tips & twaddle . . .

◆ Actor George Clooney’s black spaniel dog is named Einstein.

◆ Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s chicken soup recipe was just released by the Israeli National Archives. It includes paprika.

◆ Hoop star Michael Jordan’s new Air Jordan shoe, the XX8, will be sold nationwide for $250 on Feb. 16, the day before Jordan’s 50th birthday. Natch.

I spy . . .

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was spotted at the Italian Village on Monday night and dined with fiancee Kristin Cavallari and the Bears’ Josh McCown and his wife at David “Chicago Cut” Flom’s new eatery, the Local, after the team’s loss Sunday night . . . The Indiana Pacers’ Orlando Johnson was spotted Monday night at Chicago q.

Sneedlings . . .

Wednesday’s birthdays: Little Richard, 80; Margaret Cho, 44, and Jessica Pare (right), 30.

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