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Metra hires ex-Chicago cop as interim police chief

Updated: January 17, 2014 12:20AM



A former Chicago Police deputy superintendent has been tapped to serve as interim Metra chief of police and help the rail agency hire a permanent police chief.

Harvey Radney and the law-enforcement advisory firm of Hillard Heintze were hired as part of a 60-day, $100,000 contract with Hillard Heintze, which was founded by former Chicago Police Supt. Terry Hillard.

Radney served as deputy superintendent under Hillard and now works for his firm. For two months, he will replace former Metra chief of police James Sanford, who retired Wednesday after more than three decades of service.

As interim Metra police chief, Radney will report to interim Metra Executive Director Don Orseno and be supported by a Hillard Heintze team. Radney and Hillard Heintze will help Metra hire a permanent police chief and define the department’s “purpose, mission and strategy” going forward, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.

Radney also will continue to implement the recommendations of an assessment of the Metra Police Department that was completed by Hillard Heintze last year.

Metra hired Hillard Heintze for $200,000 in October 2012 to conduct the assessment, but the agency has yet to release it. Officials said they would so so after Radney evaluates Metra’s progress in adopting Hillard Heintze’s recommendations.

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