Wanted: police chief—with no binding

The Chicago Police Board has posted on-line its application for police superintendent, to replace the recently fired Garry McCarthy.

Applicants must reside in Chicago. The eight-page application—which includes eight essay questions—says that there are "no other specific requirements for the position."

The application notes, however, that the board seeks "the ability to motivate police officers to effectively address criminal conduct, while at the same time avoiding excessive force, corruption, verbal abuse or other misconduct."

In addition, three of the application's eight essay questions ask the applicant to describe their "philosophy" about the use of force, and to describe the best ways for keeping cops in line.

City law requires the board to pick three nominees and submit them to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who gets to make the hire.

But the law doesn't necessarily constrain the mayor. McCarthy's predecessor, former FBI agent Jody Weiss, was not on the list of nominees the board originally submitted to then-Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2007. Daley rejected the board's list, and reportedly did his own search—then had the board include "J-Fed" in its second list of nominees.

Applications are due to the police board by January 15, 2015. "The selection process," the board says, "will be conducted on an accelerated basis."

And "the use of elaborate binding is discouraged."

Document: "Application for Police Superintendent" (Chicago Police Department)