Eddie T. Johnson

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Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent Eddie Johnson at Game 3 of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.
Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department
Assumed office
April 13, 2016
Appointed by Rahm Emanuel
Preceded by Garry McCarthy
Personal details
Born 1960/1961 (age 57–58)
Chicago, Illinois
Residence Chicago, Illinois
Profession Police officer
Police career
Department Chicago Police Department
Years of service 1988-present
Rank Chief of Police (2016-present)
Chief of the Patrol Bureau (2012-16)
Commander, 6th District (2008-12)

Eddie T. Johnson is the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.[1][2] He was born in Cabrini-Green Homes, public housing projects, located on the Near North Side of Chicago, Illinois and, at age 9, moved to the Washington Heights, where he still lives.


Johnson began his career in the Chicago Police Department in 1988 as a beat cop. He was appointed commander of the 6th district in 2008 and chief of patrol in 2012.

Rahm Emanuel endured controversy when appointing Johnson as his interim superintendent in 2016 considering Johnson was not one of the three finalists selected by the Chicago Police Board, and Johnson did not apply for the top job.[3][4][5] Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel named Johnson as the interim Police Chief on March 28, 2016,[6] On April 13, 2016, a day after the Chicago City Council Public Safety Committee bypassed the Chicago Police Board with a fast-track vote,[7] Johnson was officially sworn in as Chicago Police Superintendent after his nomination was approved unanimously by the Chicago City Council[8][9] in a 50-0 vote.[8]