Chicago mayor nearing announcement on police superintendent

CHICAGO (AP) — 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.”