Public safety officials seeking input from Chicagoans as applicants apply to be the city’s next police chief

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Applicants can now apply to be the next superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability announced late last week.

There will be four community forums – including one in Austin on Tuesday – for the commission to get input on who should lead the second-largest police agency in the country under Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson.

“Chicagoans’ voices are critical in shaping the future of the Chicago Police Department, and their input is invaluable as we search for the next superintendent,” Commission President Anthony Driver said in a statement. “We encourage all members of the public to attend … and share their thoughts and perspectives on the qualities and skills they would like to see in the next leader of our city’s police force.”

The first of three in-person forums will be held fro 6 to 8 p.m. April 11 at the Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5628 W. Washington Blvd., and there will also be a virtual forum on April 25 (

The commission is responsible for nominating three candidates for the mayor’s consideration, and the mayor must choose from the  list of nominees or request a new list.

“The role of superintendent is pivotal to the success of creating a safer Chicago for all,” Commissioner Remel Terry said. “We are in search of a leader who is not only able to garner the respect of officers and internal staff but also has a proven track record of building meaningful connections with community residents of varying backgrounds.”

Added President Driver: “We are committed to engaging with a wide range of stakeholders in the process. We’re reaching out to community members and organizations, police officers, and local and national experts, and listening to their views on what Chicago needs in a police superintendent at this critical time.”

The Commission also welcomes public comment via email at:

Perspective candidates must submit their applications  no later than Sunday, May 7.

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