A CAPAG Conversation with Garry McCarthy

Date(s) - 04/20/18
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Union League Club

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A CAPAG Conversation with Garry McCarthy

Fri, April 20, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Founded in 1968, the Chicago Area Public Affairs Group (CAPAG) is the Chicago region’s premier organization for public policy and government affairs professionals.

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. The number of crimesand murders in Chicago declined under his tenure (with murders declining from 525 in 2011 to 505 in 2012 to 415 in 2013). 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.McCarthy responded that the article is “patently false” and criticized its reliance on anonymous sources. 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.McCarthy attributed the error to the administration of the prior police superintendent, Jody Weis.McCarthy was terminated by Rahm Emanuel following the fall out from the shooting of Laquan McDonald.