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Reports: Former Spokane Chief Kirkpatrick will not become Chicago’s top cop

Former Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick will not take over the embattled Chicago Police Department, according to reports out of the Windy City.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported late Saturday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel would select Eddie Johnson to serve as interim chief, rejecting three finalist candidates forwarded by a civilian oversight board. The list included Kirkpatrick, who led the Spokane department from 2006 to 2012.

The Associated Press received confirmation from Emanuel’s office Sunday that none of the three candidates forwarded by the Chicago Police Board would be taking the job.

Emanuel’s spokeswoman Kelley Quinn declined to comment to the Associated Press on whether Johnson is the mayor’s pick, but said he has made a decision and has informed the three nominees. She told the Associated Press that Emanuel would announce his decision within days.

“While each of the finalists had strong qualifications, the mayor did not feel that any of them were the complete package that Chicago needs at this time and thus none were offered the position,” Quinn said. “The mayor called each of them individually late Saturday to let them know of his decision.”

A city ordinance allows Emanuel to appoint an interim chief and ask the police board for a new list of finalists.

The Chicago Police Board also proposed Cedric L. Alexander, head of the police in DeKalb County, Georgia; and Eugene Williams, a Chicago police superintendent, as interim successors to Garry McCarthy. McCarthy was fired by Emanuel in December after public outcry over the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.

Kirkpatrick left Spokane to work for the King County Sheriff’s Office and later at a position with the FBI. She headed Spokane’s department in the tumultuous years following a federal investigation into the death of Otto Zehm in March 2006.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.