Who is running the Chicago Police Department?
Why it’s Mayor Daley, of course.
Despite the rhetoric that incoming chief Jody Weis would have a free hand, it’s become increasingly – and unsurprisingly – clear that Daley is pulling the strings.
This nugget, for example, was buried in a Tribune story about police response to escalating gang violence. “Daley last week sent a City Hall employee, Michael Masters, to police headquarters to replace Weis’ chief of staff, a former FBI agent.”
I’m not in the habit of quoting the undependable Michael Sneed, but in this case she had the story right – and then some.
“Hizzoner has replaced Patrick Daly, one of Weis’ best friends, with Mayor Daley’s deputy chief of staff, Michael Masters. (Daly will reportedly now become a new chief of strategic deployment/homeland security.),” Sneed wrote in a scoop now confirmed – at least in part – by the Trib. “Word is Mayor Daley was furious his phone calls to Weis, via Daly, were not being returned in a timely fashion. In the mayor’s parlance, that’s called NOW!”
One of Weis’s best friends!
Sneed previously reported that the mayor’s previous eyes and ears on the police department, first deputy chief of staff Brian Murphy, quit after going toe to toe with Daley.
And who is Michael Masters, Daley’s new man at the cop shop? Here’s what I found on his LinkedIn profile:
Chief of Staff
Chicago Police Department
April 2008 – Present
Assistant to the Mayor
City of Chicago
October 2006 – April 2008
Harvard Law School
– International Law Journal
– Jewish Law Students Association
– Native American Law Students Association
2003 – 2006
University of Cambridge
MPhil, International Relations, Terrorism
2002 – 2003
Partnership for Public Service
August 2001 – August 2002
United States Attorney’s Office
June 2001 – August 2001
National Advance Team
Office of the Vice President/Gore 2000
June 1999 – November 2000
University of Michigan
– Michigan Student Assembly
– Students for Gore
1997 – 2001