Garry McCarthy

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Garry McCarthy
McCarthy in 2018
Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department
In office
May 16, 2011 – December 1, 2015
Appointed byRahm Emanuel
Preceded byTerry G. Hillard (interim)
Succeeded byEddie T. Johnson
Personal details
Garry Francis McCarthy

(1959-05-04) May 4, 1959 (age 63)
New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic[1]
Gina McCarthy
(m. 1984⁠–⁠2014)

Kristin Barnette
(m. 2014)
ChildrenKyla McCarthy[2]
Alma materUniversity at Albany, SUNY (BA)
ProfessionAmerican Public Servant
Police career
DepartmentNew York City (1981-2006)
Newark, New Jersey (2006–2011)
Chicago (2011–2015)
Service years1981–2017
RankPolice commissioner

Garry Francis McCarthy (born May 4, 1959) is the interim Chief of Police in Willow Springs, Illinois and previous Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.[3] He was a candidate for Mayor of Chicago in the 2019 Chicago mayoral election.[4]

Early life[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.

Law enforcement career[edit]

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, served as 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 addition to his daughter Kyla McCarthy 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.[5] (During the 2020 Democratic Primary debates, Vice-President Biden nick-named McCarthy as "Giuliani's guy" in an attack towards Senator Booker.)

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.[7][8] The number of crimes[9] and murders in Chicago declined during his tenure (with murders declining from 525 in 2011 to 505 in 2012 to 415 in 2013).[10] 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.[9][11][12] McCarthy responded that the article is "patently false" and criticized its reliance on anonymous sources.[13] 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.[14][15][16] McCarthy attributed the error to the administration of the prior police superintendent, Jody Weis.[14][15]


On October 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald was murdered by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Laquan McDonald, a young black boy, was 17 years old and was shot 16 times.[17] A cover-up of this incident occurred, lasting 400 days, yet McCarthy had seen the video footage a few days after the murder occurred.[18][19] When the video was released to the public following a court order, activists condemned police violence, the code of silence, and racism in the Chicago Police Department and called on Mayor Emanuel, State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to resign.[20][21][22] McCarthy did not resign, but was terminated by Rahm Emanuel.[23]

Willow Springs Police Department[edit]

In April 2022, McCarthy was announced as the interim police chief of Willow Springs, Illinois, a town of 5,857 people near the Cook and DuPage county border.[24]

2019 Chicago mayoral candidacy[edit]

On March 21, 2018, McCarthy announced he would officially run for Mayor of Chicago in the 2019 election, against incumbent Mayor Emanuel.[4] At the time, he resided in Chicago with his three children, Kyla McCarthy, Kimberly, and Kiernan.[25]

July 2018 polling indicated that McCarthy was the leading challenger to the incumbent.[26] In September 2018, Emanuel announced he would not be running for reelection.

McCarthy eventually conceded the election to Lori Lightfoot. His campaign had been anticipated when Emanuel was still in the race, but the dynamics changed for McCarthy when Emanuel dropped out and was no longer a target for attacks. McCarthy alluded to how more than a dozen others ran for the office when Emanuel announced he wouldn’t seek a third term. Though he had often been in the public spotlight, the race was McCarthy's first bid for public office. He now heads his own security consulting firm. [27]

During his candidacy, when meeting with the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board unsuccessfully seeking their endorsement[28] (which ultimately went to Lori Lightfoot),[29] McCarthy made news for proposing, to address the issues of population loss and budgeting the city's pension obligations, that Chicago should annex nearby suburban communities such as Evergreen Park, Norridge, Oak Lawn and Oak Park.[28][30] The leaders of some of the suburbs balked at the notion.[28][30]

Electoral history[edit]

2019 Chicago mayoral election
Candidate General Election[31] Runoff Election[32]
Votes % Votes %
Lori Lightfoot 97,667 17.54 386,039 73.70
Toni Preckwinkle 89,343 16.04 137,765 26.30
William Daley 82,294 14.78
Willie Wilson 59,072 10.61
Susana Mendoza 50,373 9.05
Amara Enyia 44,589 8.00
Jerry Joyce 40,099 7.20
Gery Chico 34,521 6.20
Paul Vallas 30,236 5.43
Garry McCarthy 14,784 2.66
La Shawn K. Ford 5,606 1.01
Robert "Bob" Fioretti 4,302 0.77
John Kolzar 2,349 0.42
Neal Sales-Griffin 1,523 0.27
Write-ins 86 0.02
Total 556,844 100 523,804 100

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ruthhart, Bill. "Garry McCarthy, former top cop fired by Rahm Emanuel, details why he's challenging him for Chicago mayor".
  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 June 20, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Moser, Whet (2011-05-02). "Meet Garry McCarthy, Chicago's New Top Cop". Chicago. 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. ^ "Intelligence Report: The highest paid city workers in Chicago". 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  8. ^ "Data Of City Of Chicago Worker Salaries". 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  9. ^ a b "Fudging Chicago Crime Numbers". Chicago Tonight. 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  10. ^ "Chicago's murder rate plunged in 2013". 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  11. ^ Bernstein, David (2014-04-07). "The Truth About Chicago's Crime Rates". Chicago. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  12. ^ John Kass (2014-04-10). "What looks like murder to mom doesn't to police". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  13. ^ "Chicago crime stats debated as magazine calls police claim of 'progress' an illusion". Fox News. 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  14. ^ a b "Chicago Police underreported number of 2012 assaults, audit finds". Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  15. ^ a b "Inspector General: Chicago police underreported aggravated assaults, batteries in 2012". Chicago Tribune. 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ Ali, Tanveer; Seidel, Jon; Grimm, y. "A timeline of the Laquan McDonald shooting and the Jason Van Dyke case". Chicago Sun-Times.
  18. ^ "Chicago police chief fired amid Laquan McDonald fallout".
  19. ^ "McCarthy Says His Hands Were Tied In Laquan McDonald Case". 30 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Ministers, activists to call for resignation of CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy". 29 July 2014.
  21. ^ "Chicago cops accused of covering up Laquan McDonald shooting to go to trial". USA TODAY.
  22. ^ TheGrio (December 2, 2015). "Rahm Emanuel, Anita Alvarez - where's your resignation?".
  23. ^ "Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy fired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel". Fox News. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  24. ^ "Former CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy officially named interim police chief in Willow Springs". 6 April 2022.
  25. ^ "Meet Garry". March 29, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  26. ^ "Poll for challenger Lightfoot shows Rahm's 2019 re-election bid in big trouble". Chicago Sun-Times. July 10, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  27. ^ Pearson, Rick. "Concession speeches come early, often in crowded Chicago mayoral race". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  28. ^ a b c Spielman, Fran (5 February 2019). "City should annex suburbs, McCarthy says. No thanks, suburbs say". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  29. ^ Sun-Times Editorial Board (February 8, 2019). "Why the Sun-Times endorses Lori Lightfoot to be Chicago's next mayor". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on February 12, 2019. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  30. ^ a b Swanson, Lorraine (5 February 2019). "Chicago Mayoral Hopeful Wants To Annex Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park". Patch. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  32. ^ "2019 Municipal Runoffs - 4/2/19". Chicago Board of Elections. Retrieved April 17, 2019.

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