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Police Board Taking Applications For Top Cop

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Two weeks after Jody Weis stepped down as Chicago's top cop, the Police Board has launched the application process for finding a new full-time police superintendent.

"The application is comprehensive in nature," Police Board President Demetrius Carney said in a written statement on Wednesday. "It is designed to require each candidate to not only describe his or her professional and personal qualifications, but to also directly address important challenges facing the Police Department."

Terry Hillard, who served as Chicago's police superintendent from 1998 until 2003, has been serving as interim superintendent ever since Weis stepped down on March 1. Mayor Richard M. Daley asked Hillard to take over the department until Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel takes office and names his own pick for top cop.

On Wednesday, the Police Board officially opened the application process to find a full-time superintendent.

A downloadable copy of the application is available on the city's website by clicking here.

City ordinance requires the Chicago Police Board to nominate three candidates for consideration by the mayor, after an open nationwide application process.

The mayor can pick one of the three candidates and ask the City Council for confirmation or reject the three candidates and ask for a new search. That's exactly what Daley did in 2007 after then-Supt. Phil Cline stepped down. The mayor rejected the Police Board's first list of three finalists for the job and asked them to check out Weis.

The board eventually named Weis as one of its three finalists for the job and Daley picked Weis superintendent in late 2007.

Weis' rocky tenure as top cop ended on March 1 when his three-year contract with the city expired and he opted to move to the private sector rather than stay on without a contract extension until Emanuel names a new superintendent.

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