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Tell The Police What You Think About Their Search For A New Chief

By Kate Shepherd in News on Jan 5, 2016 7:15PM

Photo credit: Rotating Frame

The city's Police Board will be accepting input from Chicagoans on the search for a new police superintendent. The catch is: they'll have to jam their thoughts into a two-minute speech, according to the Sun-Times.

The revamped police board will listen to citizen's opinions during a public hearing on Tuesday Jan. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave. Applications for Garry McCarthy's old job will be accepted through Friday Jan. 15.

Lori Lightfoot, the president of the Police Board and co-chair of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Task Force on Police Accountability, will preside over the hearing. Other board members and Shari Runner, the Chicago Urban League's interim president and CEO, will be present.

"The entire board is completely committed to hearing from the public about the qualities the next superintendent should possess," Lightfoot said in a statement.

To get as many opinions as possible, individuals will be limited to two minutes of speaking time.

"We also view this forum as an important opportunity for residents to share their experiences with the police and provide recommendations for police priorities now and in the future," she said in the statement.

During the hiring process, the board will narrow the list of applicants and call in about 10 people for in-person interviews. They will submit the final three candidates to the mayor by the end of February.

Candidates have to answer eight essay questions about Chicago's police accountability crisis following the release of the video of the tragic death of Laquan McDonald.