- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on the city of Chicago’s search for a new police superintendent (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

A former chairman of the Chicago City Council’s police committee says he supports the selection of Chicago Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson to lead the city’s police force.

Alderman Anthony Beale says the mayor’s office informed him Saturday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has selected Johnson as interim superintendent. Johnson, who is black, was not on a list of three finalists recommended by the police board.

Beale says he had supported the nomination of Eugene Williams, a black deputy chief in Chicago who was among the board’s nominees. But Beale says Johnson “is equally suited to lead the Chicago Police Department.”

Beale says Johnson knows the police department and the challenges facing neighborhoods. He calls Johnson “a true leader” who “will bring the fundamental changes” needed in the department.

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1:40 p.m.

A spokeswoman says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was not satisfied with any of the three finalists for the city’s top police post recommended by the police board.

Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn says “while each of the finalists had strong qualifications, the mayor did not feel that any of them were the complete package.” She says none of the three was offered the position.

She says the mayor “called each of them individually late Saturday to let them know of his decision.”

A city ordinance allows Emanuel to appoint an interim superintendent to serve until the board submits a new list of finalists. He’s expected to announce his decision soon.

Emanuel is trying to replace Superintendent Garry McCarthy who was fired as the mayor tried to regain trust in the police department and his own leadership following the release last November of the video showing a white officer shooting a young black man 16 times.

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12:40 p.m.

A spokeswoman for a prominent member of the Chicago City Council’s Latino caucus says Mayor Rahm Emanuel has selected Chicago Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson to head the police department - at least in the interim.

Anabel Abarca is a spokeswoman for Chicago Alderman George Cardenas. She confirmed Sunday to The Associated Press that the mayor’s office reached out and said it is Johnson, an insider who is not on a list of three finalists nominated by the police board.

A city ordinance allows Emanuel to appoint an interim superintendent to serve until the board submits new list of finalists.

Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot says the board “has not received formal communication” from the mayor about its nominees.

Emanuel’s office has said he is expected to officially announce his pick within days.

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11:25 a.m.

A finalist for the top police post in Chicago says Mayor Rahm Emanuel originally offered him the job, but then phoned to say he was “going in a different direction.”

Cedric Alexander, public safety director in Georgia’s DeKalb County, tells The Associated Press the mayor offered him the job Thursday. Alexander says the mayor intended to appoint Chicago Police Department Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson as first deputy.

Alexander says Emanuel phoned him Saturday night to reverse course. Alexander says he doesn’t know the mayor’s pick.

Alexander thanked the Chicago Police Board for giving him the opportunity to apply, saying he “would just like to wish the very best for the people of Chicago.”

The mayor is expected to announce his decision soon. He could appoint a new interim superintendent and ask the board for a new list of finalists.

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10:40 a.m.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is nearing an announcement on Chicago’s next police superintendent.

Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Sunday that Emanuel will announce his decision “in the coming days.”

One finalist tells The Associated Press “the mayor is going in another direction.” Cedric Alexander, public safety director in Georgia’s DeKalb County, says he’s grateful for the opportunity but that it appears Emanuel is looking elsewhere.

Chicago City Council’s black caucus said last week they prefer a local African-American. But they stopped short of endorsing Eugene Williams, a black deputy chief in Chicago who is among three police board recommendations.

Emanuel could appoint an interim superintendent and ask the board for a new list of finalists.

Quinn says the mayor has taken into account input from “police officers, community leaders, residents and law enforcement experts.”

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