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Mayor Lightfoot Retains Supt. Johnson, Other Emanuel Appointees

May 21, 2019 - 9:00 pm

 CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she is retaining several appointees of the previous mayor in key posts, including the city's police superintendent.

Lightfoot, who was sworn in as mayor on Monday, announced Supt. Eddie Johnson is among a group of officials from former Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration staying on the job. Also staying on is Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson and City Colleges Chancellor Juan Salgado.

Lightfoot also held her first Cabinet meeting Tuesday. She said she will hold group meetings with top city officials on a quarterly basis, interspersed with smaller meetings around subjects such as public safety.

Emanuel hired Johnson, a Chicago Police Department veteran, as superintendent after firing Garry McCarthy in the wake of the Laquan McDonald scandal.

Lightfoot had criticized the Emanuel administration for its handling of police matters but signaled in recent weeks she would consider retaining Johnson.

This week, she reiterated violence is a major challenge. Her administration will have an all-hands-on-deck approach to combat violence.

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