Police Supt. Eddie Johnson Contemplates Retirement

Craig Dellimore
November 04, 2019 - 4:20 pm

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 CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson confirms he’s contemplating retirement, but waves off suggestions that it's because of an embarrassing incident this year.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall.

Just about every alderman at a Monday budget hearing heaped praise on Johnson, but during a lunchbreak he acknowledged he's thinking about retiring from the job he's had since 2016 under former mayor Rahm Emanuel.

"When my family and I went to London for the Bears game, that's the first vacation like that I've had since I became superintendent," Johnson said. "And I looked at my family and it made me realize how much of a sacrifice you make for your family when you take on positions like this."

Johnson had to have a kidney transplant since he's been on the job and he more recently sparked an Inspector General's investigation after being found asleep in his car by officers and allowed to drive home without a sobriety test. He said he's not concerned about that.