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Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy  |  Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

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Updated: June 10, 2013 2:21PM

The McCarthy era . . .

Sneed is told Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is shaking up the police department by getting rid of “legacy” top brass.

◆ Translation: Top cop holdovers from Mayor Richard M. Daley’s regime are retiring — through decision or force— and going bye bye.

◆ Job changes: Although Chief of Patrol Joe Patterson, whom McCarthy appointed, has opted to retire — Sneed is told Chief of the Bureau of Detectives Tom Byrne is leaving as well as Tina Skahill, chief of special functions. “Her job will not be filled,” said a top source.

◆ Bottom line: This enables McCarthy, who has recently seen homicide stats drop dramatically, to stamp his signature on the Chicago Police Department by picking his own top cops.

◆ Backshot: Last December, the bell tolled at midnight for top cops toiling in the city’s top shooting galleries and murder dens — when McCarthy named seven new police commanders.

The great escape . . .

Sneed bets that Ariel Castro, who’s charged with kidnapping three young women a decade ago in Cleveland — will use a multiple personality defense if he goes to court.

◆ Translation: Will an attorney for Castro, a bus driver, claim that his client split into separate personalities? Israel Lugo, a neighbor of Castro’s who lives near the house where the captive women were found, told the press that Castro had a habit of changing clothes every time he switched from a car to motorcycle during a daily routine.

◆ Translation II: And Castro’s uncle, Julian, told the press that Ariel Castro had grown withdrawn, claiming, “It could have been because of the hiding personality. He had to have two personalities.”

Stay tuned.

Oh oh Oprah . . .

TV titan Oprah Winfrey, who rarely treats her guests with a heavy hand, gets to use just that in her upcoming film, “The Butler.”

In the film, which tells the story of White House butler Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986, Winfrey gets to slap the heck out of the actor who plays her son. Oprah plays a character modeled on Allen’s wife, Helene. The film hits theaters in mid-October.

The Christie choice . . .

The very hefty New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, who just made headlines for undergoing Lap-Band surgery which resulted in the loss of 40 pounds, had this to say about his operation:

“The only thing that hasn’t changed is my shoes,” he quipped.

The Sanford saga . . .

Click. Click. What’s in a pic? Lots. Newly elected Congressman Mark Sanford’s Argentinian fiancee, Maria Belen Chapur, may have been at his victory speech, but she managed to make sure no pix were taken of them together.

◆Bad press: After Sanford’s primary win, photos of the controversial couple, whose affair ended his marriage, caused a negative flap. It was when the world found out how gor-jus the woman was who stole the very married gov.

The royal set . . .

Upstairs/Downstairs via the Appian Way: Just in case you were wondering, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have hired a new helping hand: She’s 42, unmarried, Italian and served a 13-year stint as a housekeeper for Queen Elizabeth.

The royal set II . . .

Sneed hears the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Very Rev. John R. Hall — who oversaw the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at the venerable church — will be in town Sunday to preach at St. James Cathedral.

◆ He is in town as a special emissary of the Queen to drum up world attention for the 60th anniversary of her coronation in June.

Sneedlings . . .

Congrats to Iris and Dan McCaffrey on the birth of their grandson, John Joseph Ziegenhein. Parents Morgan and John are overjoyed. . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Billy Joel, 64; Candice Bergen, 67, and Rosario Dawson, 34.

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