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Chicago Police Superintendent Weis Leaves Post, Superintendent Hillard in as Interim

Superintendent Jody P. Weis today announced that he will step down as Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department after fulfilling the terms of his contract which expires today March 1, 2011. Jody Weis was sworn in as Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department in February 2008. 

“Serving as the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department has been an honor and a great privilege,” said Superintendent Jody P. Weis.  “I thank Mayor Daley, and the residents of Chicago, for this opportunity of a lifetime.” 

Mayor Daley commended Weis for his dedication and hard work. 

“I would like to thank Jody Weis for his service to the people of Chicago over the past three years,” said Mayor Daley.  “He has been successful at both implementing new strategies in our fight against crime and assuring that the conduct of our police officers meets the highest standards so that our residents have confidence that the Police Department is protecting and serving them.” 

Superintendent Weis said several factors led to his decision, but he was mainly guided by his commitment to the people of Chicago and the members of the Chicago Police Department.

“I firmly believe it would be selfish of me to continue in this position as I actively seek new career opportunities,” Weis stated.  “Additionally, it is critical to have someone in place as soon as possible to prepare for the summer, our most challenging time of year.” 

During his administration, Superintendent Weis focused extensively on crime reduction, and improving the professionalism and perception of the Department. 

Weis named among his most notable accomplishments the substantial and historic reductions in crime throughout the City. 

·      The 2010 homicide rate was the lowest since 1965.
·      Chicago has also experienced 25 consecutive months of overall lower index crime.

Mayor Richard Daley chose former Superintendent Terry Hillard to replace Weis as interim superintendent beginning today until the Mayor himself finishes his mayoral term in May.  Hillard was police superintendent from 1998 to 2003.