Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis appears in no hurry to leave Chicago.
While Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel doesn’t plan to keep him on as the city’s top cop, Weis said Sunday, when his position ends, “hopefully I can be able to do something here in Chicago. If not, I’ll go to where a career would lead me.”
Weis’ contract ends Tuesday. He said he has had no discussion with Emanuel. Asked if he’ll stay on board until a replacement is named, he said, “We’ll see what happens.”
Weis was hired by Mayor Daley in 2008 with a mandate to crack down on officer misconduct following a string of scandals.
The next superintendent, should “look for ways to innovate” and “at creative ways of doing things because we can’t just rely on our past of just throwing more officers on it,” he said.
The department has done a good job of transitioning into more of an intelligence-led policing agency, which has helped reduce violent crime, he contended.
“Everyday we discuss what the shootings were, what drove them...what’s the chance of retaliation,” he said.
That helped lead to the lowest homicide total in 45 years last year, although the department was down more than 1,100 sworn positions, he said, adding, “I think there’s a strong foundation laid. “It will simply be up to whoever my successor is if he or she wants to build on that foundation or build another methodology..That will rest with the next superintendent.”
Weis spoke at a press conference announcing that Chicago Police Lt. Osvaldo Valdez was chosen to serve for one-year at the El Paso Intelligence Center’s Border Intelligence Fusion Section, which works to combat terrorism and drug trafficking. Valdez will function as a liaison to the Chicago Police Department. The 19-year veteran of the department is currently assigned to the Vice Enforcement Unit in the Organized Crime Division. He has held supervisory posts in the department’s Narcotic and Gang Investigation Section and served on a task force working with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Weis said.