Mayor Publicly Calls Chicago PD Supt. Eddie Johnson A Liar, Fires Him

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday that she had fired Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Chicago, IL – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot held a press conference on Monday morning to announce she had fired Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, effective immediately, because of his conduct the night he was found slumped over in his vehicle, his effort to mislead the public, and his effort to mislead the mayor.

Lightfoot told reporters that she had reviewed the Inspector General’s report about the night Superintendent Johnson claimed he had felt woozy due to a medication change and so had pulled over to sleep on the side of the road.

“There are three reasons for this decision,” the mayor began.

“First, the finding from the Inspector General’s report regarding Mr. Johnson, which I recently reviewed, makes clear that Eddie Johnson engaged in conduct that is not only unbecoming but demonstrated a series of ethical lapses and flawed decision-making that is inconsistent with having the privilege of leading the Chicago Police Department,” the mayor said.

“Second, Johnson intentionally misled the public in a press conference he called on Oct. 17, 2019,” she continued, sounding angry. “He was not caught off-guard and he had plenty of time to choose his words. And the choice he made was to communicate a narrative replete with false statements, all seemingly intended to hide the true nature of his conduct the night before.”

“Finally, just like with the public, Eddie Johnson intentionally lied to me several times,” the mayor told reporters. “Even when I challenged him about the narrative that he shared with me, he maintained that he was telling the truth. I now know definitively that he was not.”

“Had I known these facts at the time, I would have relieved him of his duties as superintendent then and there,” Lightfoot said. “I certainly wouldn’t have participated in a celebratory press conference to announce his retirement.”

Superintendent Johnson announced his retirement on Nov. 7 and said at the time he would be staying at the helm of the Chicago Police Department until the end of the year.

He cited his reason for retirement as wanting to spend time with his family and Lightfoot joined him on stage with his family and said nice things about his reign as superintendent.

“The facts that I know now are fundamentally different from the facts that I knew then,” the mayor explained.

She said she met with Superintendent Johnson on Monday morning and “relieved him of his responsibilities as superintendent.”

The mayor refused to address rumors that Superintendent Johnson had been coming from someplace other than a police-related dinner the night of the incident and had lied to cover up his activities.

Lightfoot said that the Inspector General’s investigation into other people involved in the incident was ongoing, but said she wouldn’t release more information about the findings of the investigation out of respect for the former superintendent’s wife and children.

“The old Chicago way must give way to the new reality,” the mayor said. “Ethical leadership, integrity, accountability, legitimacy, and yes, honesty must be the hallmarks of city government.”

Lightfoot said Chicago police officers needed a leader that reflected those characteristics.

She said she had reviewed the Inspector General’s report and videotaped evidence and that there was no grey area in her decision to terminate Superintendent Johnson immediately, but she wouldn’t reveal what exactly he had misled her about.

“Well, he lies a lot,” the mayor said. “He told me something that happened that night that turned out to be fundamentally different from what he portrayed to me and what he portrayed to the public.”

She said she didn’t want to do or say anything that could influence or taint the inspector general’s investigation, but disputed the notion that there is a broad-based problem in the police force.

Lightfoot said she refused to paint the police department with a broad brush and pointed the finger directly at her newly-fired police superintendent.

“We’re here today because of the actions of one man,” Lightfoot said.

The mayor said that the superintendent’s replacement, former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, was on an airplane en route to Chicago to take up leadership of the police department.

Comments (32)
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jarhead24
jarhead24

Maybe he can get a job doing private security for Jessie Smollett. All garbage.

flybynight
flybynight

Or on mayor lightintheloofers security detail.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Hahahahaha i bet no one saw this one coming, including the soon be retired chief.

It doesn't really solve the city of Chicago's out of control violence problem, but it makes the mayor look good to her supporters

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Let the POS go back to drinking and sleeping in cars.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I'm going to read between the lines here. With only weeks to go she could have easily let him fade into the sunset. She blew this thing up way bigger than it had to be, because she decided to publicly separate herself from him. This is the same "Top cop" that snubbed Trump by not attending the INTERNATIONAL GATHERING OF POLICE CHIEFS at Chicago's McCormick Place.

Of all people to snub Trump in that meeting, his was the worst, because Chicago hosted the event.

I think Lightfoot is reading the writing on the wall and knows Trump will be reelected. Even though she didn't used the snub as a reason (she didn't meet with Trump either), her firing of the "Top Cop" reinforces Trump's blistering attack on the job he did.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Since he has 31 years in, he's probably fully vested in his pension.

His pension will be 75% of the highest four years of pay out of his last ten. As Superintendent for three years, five months at $260,004, and Chief pay prior at $185,364 per year, that works out to an annual pension of about $187,000 per year.

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flybynight
flybynight

So he got paid for doing nothing when working and now he gets paid for not working. Last I heard the state pension system was about to go belly up.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

I do believe since he was Fired he will not receive his pension.They fired him Prior to his planned retirement now they will not have to pay him.If I had been fired prior to retiring I would receive ZERO.Great way to save money

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I could not find any information stating such. Generally, if you are fired, you are still entitled to your vested benefits. I assume he is vested.

I could only find that he had to serve until the end of April to be entitled to his full Superintendent's pension...

I am pretty confident that my original post is accurate, but even if he was given no credit for his latest position, his pension would be about $139,000 per annum.

Here is one source for my information, just FYI. I fully understand your claim...

Anomie88
Anomie88

No, that's not how it works unless that is in his contract. He is not a union employee, so he negotiates his own contract. Once you are vested, that money is yours regardless of how you leave employment.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Yeah, Anomie88, because pension benefit arrangements are part of your total compensation package. If they could take away vested benefits, it would be unjust, as it is part of the consideration one gives to working somewhere. Also, when people announced retirement, employers could simply look for a way to fire someone in order to save a lot of money.

In Johnson's case, it was for misconduct, but previous vested benefits are basically locked in. An exception would be if he were found to have stolen money or similar; then they could tap into his vested pension benefits for repayment.

BrevardMarc27
BrevardMarc27

These benefit packages vary from state to state and all hinges on the executive contract he may have had with the city.

In PA? He would probably lose the pension or at the very least, the portion the city had kicked in ,,, vestment has no bearing on a termination for just cause.

You get yourself fired, you lose. We’ll see if he gets support. I really don’t care after his “no show” for the President.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Exactly, and some contracts may include pension forfeiture for criminal acts committed during employment.

Swtsmtn
Swtsmtn

WOW! Nice retirement cash.

RampageFinal6
RampageFinal6

He'll get every penny of his retirement!

flybynight
flybynight

Affirmative Action mayor takes a dump on Affirmative Action police chief?

Anomie88
Anomie88

Too bad she can't fire herself.

tfort
tfort

Good for her, family someone who is not afraid to make a decision.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Bye Eddie.

186
186

Being fired by the Mayor of Chicago. I would consider that a positive entry on my resume.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

CBS Chicago is reporting that Johnson had been out drinking with a woman who was not his wife hours before he was found slumped over the steering wheel.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

This is one liar calling out the other liar, great. Lighthead calls upon Progressive Police Chief Beck, what a frickin joke.

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

What I find interesting though is she already has a 'replacement' on an airplane already in route to take over. Does that not seem fishy to anyone else??

Raymelson
Raymelson

It was never meant for women to have power over man read your bible folks

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

Can we say mentally ill fetal alcohol baby?

Wrecks1018
Wrecks1018

Plus , she really need's to use some make - up. She scares the shit out of me !!!!!!!

Brmehan
Brmehan

He's on par to become the next mayor of Chicago....