Alderman Defends The Merit Promotions Interim CPD Superintendent Just Halted

Craig Dellimore
December 11, 2019 - 7:56 pm
Chicago City Hall

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A key Chicago alderman is taking issue with Interim Police Supt. Charlie Beck’s decision to suspend the Department’s so-called merit promotions.

Ald. Chris Taliaferro, chair of the Public Safety Committee, said Wednesday it’s a bad idea to end merit promotions. The process allows officers to become detectives, sergeants and lieutenants even if their test scores aren’t high enough.

Taliaferro argues that system has helped some hard-working and capable minority officers advance into supervisory ranks.

He said he’ll try to sway Beck.

Beck took over for fired superintendent Eddie Johnson earlier this month. The former Los Angeles police chief is serving as an interim boss as the Chicago Police Board searches for a permanent replacement.