The Watchdogs: CHA boss has security detail, too
BY CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org December 28, 2010 12:16AM
Lewis A. Jordan
Updated: April 27, 2012 4:46PM
Lewis A. Jordan, CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority, has a Chicago Police security detail — a fact police had refused to disclose but the CHA confirmed Monday after a Chicago Sun-Times report about the costs of protecting public officials.
Personal police protection for Jordan and his predecessors dates to 1999, when then-CEO Phillip Jackson announced and had begun attending community meetings about the agency’s controversial plan to tear down high-rise public-housing buildings and relocate residents.
“As you can imagine, that was kind of a contentious deal and there were security issues,” said Adaku Onyeka, a CHA spokeswoman.
Jordan, a former Rockwell Gardens resident, became the authority’s CEO in late 2007. The CHA now is reviewing whether he still needs a security detail because its Plan for Transformation is nearly complete and tensions have eased, Onyeka said.
The police department refused to identify any of the four city officials who have security details, citing concerns about their safety. The Sun-Times confirmed Mayor Daley, Treasurer Stephanie Neely and Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee, all have police bodyguards.
Since the start of 2007, the combined security tab for Chicago, Cook County and state government officials has amounted to at least $26.9 million, according to Monday’s Sun-Times “The Watchdogs” report.