Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was on Monday fired by the city’s mayor just a few weeks before his planned retirement.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot dismissed the police boss on allegations of ‘ethical lapses’ and ‘intentional dishonest’.
Johnson had planned to retire at the end of this year amid intense scrutiny of an October 17 incident in which police officers reported that they found him sleeping inside his car at a stop sign. The mayor said Johnson later confessed to her that he had “a couple of drinks with dinner” before he got behind his car’s wheel that night.
Mr. Johnson is also accused of engaging in a series of ethical lapses that are intolerable. According to a statement released by Mayor Lightfoot, Johnson was intentionally dishonest with her and communicated a narrative filled with false statements about material aspects of the Oct. 17 incident.
The mayor said she could have relieved Johnson of his duties as a superintendent then and there had she known about the facts about the incident at the time. Lightfoot said the superintendent had misled the people of Chicago and that the hardworking Chicago Police Department officers deserved a leader who they can believe in.
Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was named as the interim superintendent in Chicago.