- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he has appointed a former federal prosecutor to lead the city’s police board.

Emanuel’s office said Monday that he chose Lori Lightfoot to be the next chair of the Chicago Police Board. The civilian board gives residents a voice in the police disciplinary process.

Lightfoot was once a finalist to head the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago. She headed the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards between 2002 and 2005 and from 1996 to 2002 worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago.

Emanuel says one of the reasons he chose Lightfoot is because she has public safety experience. Lightfoot says she’s honored to be appointed.

Lightfoot replaces Demetrius Carney, who is stepping down after leading the board since 1996.

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