Supt. Johnson Days Away From Announcing Retirement: Reports

Eddie Johnson
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson may announce his retirement later this week, according to published reports.

Johnson on Monday said he was contemplating retiring, but the Chicago Tribune and CBS Chicago reported Tuesday he’ll announce specifics within days, maybe by week's end.

Chicago’s inspector general is investigating an incident last month in which police officers found Johnson asleep in his car. Later, he admitted to the mayor he had some drinks before that. Johnson attributed the incident to a switch in blood-pressure medicine and said he isn’t worried about the investigation.

Johnson, 59, said his departure would hinge on his desire to spend time with his family. He said he was able to do that recently when he went to London to watch the Chicago Bears play.

Reached Tuesday night, a Chicago police spokesman declined comment.

ABC 7 reported that Mayor Lightfoot has reached out to retired LAPD Chief Charlie Beck about serving as interim police superintendent here.

Johnson, a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was hired as top cop in 2016 under then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the wake of the Laquan McDonald scandal. He has had highly publicized health episodes, including a kidney transplant. His son was the donor.