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Chicago Police Superintendent Resigns One Day After Mayor Lori Lightfoot Loses Reelection Bid

Chicago, IL – Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced Wednesday he is leaving the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to take a new job in Texas.

The city’s top cop released a statement on March 1 confirming his relocation, WFLD reported.

“I’ve accepted a job opportunity to be the Chief Operating Officer of Loncar Lyon Jenkins, a personal injury law firm with seven offices in Texas,” Superintendent Brown said. “I will be stepping down as Chicago Police Superintendent effective March 16, 2023 so the incoming mayor can begin the process as soon as possible to hire the next Superintendent.”

Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas, the two mayoral candidates involved in the upcoming runoff on April 4, have both vowed to fire Superintendent Brown if they are elected, WFLD reported.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside the brave men and women of the Chicago Police Department,” the outgoing police superintendent said. “I will continue to pray that all officers return home to their families safe at the end of their shift. May the Good Lord bless the city of Chicago and the men and women who serve and protect this great city.”

Current Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who lost her bid for reelection one day before Superintendent Brown’s announcement, said she has accepted his resignation and that she commends him for his accomplishments, WFLD reported.

CPD First Deputy Eric Carter will serve as the agency’s interim superintendent until the new mayor is elected and sworn in, Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot appointed Superintendent Brown as the CPD’s top cop on April 2, 2020, KXAS reported.

He served a bulk of his law enforcement career with the Dallas Police Department (DPD).

Superintendent Brown joined the DPD in 1983 and worked his way up the ranks over the decades to become the department’s chief of police, KXAS reported.

He served in that capacity for six years prior to his retirement in 2016.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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