Garry McCarthy

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Garry Francis McCarthy
Garry McCarthy at a campaign press conference in 2018
Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department
In office
May 16, 2011 – December 1, 2015
Appointed by Rahm Emanuel
Preceded by Jody Weis
Succeeded by Eddie T. Johnson
Personal details
Born Garry Francis McCarthy
(1959-05-04) May 4, 1959 (age 59)
New York City, U.S.
Political party Democratic[1]
Gina McCarthy (m. 1984–2014)

Kristin Barnette (m. 2014)
Children 2[2]
Alma mater University at Albany, SUNY (BA)
Profession Police officer
Police career
Department New York City (1981-2006)
Newark, New Jersey (2006–2011)
Chicago (2011–2015)
Years of service 1981–2017
Rank Police commissioner

Garry Francis McCarthy (born May 4, 1959) is an American politician, law enforcement officer, and former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.[3] He is currently running for Mayor of Chicago in the 2019 Chicago mayoral election.[4]

Early Life & Law enforcement career[edit]

McCarthy was born and raised in the Bronx. He attended Cardinal Spellman High School and graduated in 1977. In 1981, he graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in History.

New York Police Department[edit]

McCarthy joined the New York City Police Department in 1981 at age 22. He rose through the ranks and became Deputy Commissioner of Operations in 2000. McCarthy was in the middle of ground zero during the September 11 attacks, working closely with then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani to operate an emergency response command post. While with the NYPD, he held a variety of positions around the city, was commander of several different precincts, and eventually was in charge of the NYPD's CompStat program.[5]

Newark Police Department[edit]

In 2006, McCarthy left his position with the New York Police Department to take over the Police Department of Newark, New Jersey. He was chosen for this role by Mayor Cory Booker,[6] and appeared with Booker in the documentary series Brick City. McCarthy presided over a sharp reduction in crime during his tenure in Booker's administration in Newark with homicides declining 28 percent, shootings declining 46 percent, and overall crime declining 21 percent.[7]

Chicago Police Department[edit]

McCarthy was hired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take over the Chicago Police Department shortly after Emanuel's election in early 2011. McCarthy was the City of Chicago's highest paid public employee, earning an annual salary of over $260,000.[8][9] The number of crimes[10] and murders in Chicago declined during his tenure (with murders declining from 525 in 2011 to 505 in 2012 to 415 in 2013).[11] In an investigative article by Chicago Magazine reporters David Bernstein and Noah Isackson, it was asserted that the decline was in part due to the unjustified re-categorization of murders as undetermined and then if it is later determined to be a murder, tallying the total to the prior years' statistics.[10][12][13] McCarthy responded that the article is "patently false" and criticized its reliance on anonymous sources.[14] A 2012 audit by the Chicago Inspector General determined that the Chicago Police Department had under-counted aggravated assault and aggravated battery victims by 25 percent by not following state guidelines by counting each incident rather than each victim.[15][16][17] McCarthy attributed the error to the administration of the prior police superintendent, Jody Weis.[15][16] McCarthy was terminated by Rahm Emanuel following the fall out from the shooting of Laquan McDonald.[18]

2019 Chicago mayoral candidacy[edit]

On March 21, 2018, McCarthy announced he is officially running for Mayor of Chicago in the 2019 election, against Mayor Emanuel.[4] He currently resides in Chicago, alongside his daughter Kimberly McCarthy, son Keirnan, and wife Kristen.[19]

July 2018 polling indicated that Garry McCarthy was the leading challenger to incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel.[20] In September, 2018, Emanuel announced he would not be running for re-election.


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  2. ^ "KYLA MCCARTHY & TIM SMITHE JR". 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  3. ^ "WYCC PBS Chicago - A Plea for Peace". 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Ex-Top Cop Garry McCarthy Officially Jumps Into Race Against Mayor Rahm Emanuel". Chicago Sun-Times. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 
  5. ^ Moser, Whet (2011-05-02). "Meet Garry McCarthy, Chicago's New Top Cop | Chicago magazine | The 312 May 2011". Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  6. ^ "New York City Crime Strategist Picked as Director of Newark Police Force". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  7. ^ Moser, Whet (2011-05-02). "Meet Garry McCarthy, Chicago's New Top Cop | Chicago magazine | The 312 May 2011". Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Intelligence Report: The highest paid city workers in Chicago". 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Data Of City Of Chicago Worker Salaries". 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  10. ^ a b "Fudging Chicago Crime Numbers | Chicago Tonight". 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  11. ^ "Chicago's murder rate plunged in 2013". 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  12. ^ Bernstein, David (2014-04-07). "The Truth About Chicago's Crime Rates | Chicago magazine". Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  13. ^ John Kass (2014-04-10). "What looks like murder to mom doesn't to police". Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  14. ^ "Chicago crime stats debated as magazine calls police claim of 'progress' an illusion". Fox News. 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  15. ^ a b "Chicago Police underreported number of 2012 assaults, audit finds". Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  16. ^ a b "Chicago police under-reported batteries in 2012". 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  17. ^ "Report of the office of inspector general: "chicago police department assault-related crime statistics classification and reporting audit" (PDF). April 2014. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  18. ^ "Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy fired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel". Fox News. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  19. ^ "Meet Garry". March 29, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Poll for challenger Lightfoot shows Rahm's 2019 re-election bid in big trouble". July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2018.