Chicago Police Department Interim Superintendent Eric Carter has announced his retirement, effective May 15.
Carter’s retirement coincided with the inauguration of a new city council, and Brandon Johnson, as Chicago’s 57th mayor, campaigned to select a new superintendent from among the department’s ranks.
Carter assumed the position last month, succeeding David Brown, who led the division from April 2020 to March 16, 2023.
In a statement announcing his retirement, Carter thanked his wife, children and fellow members of the CPD as he ended his nearly 40-year career in the department.
“It is my greatest honor to serve as your Interim Superintendent and to work with Mayor-elect Johnson to ensure that our department continues to provide innovative services to residents and visitors throughout the summer season. We promised that the permanent Superintendent will continue during the transition,” Carter said.
When Johnson takes office on May 15, another interim superintendent will take office while the process of confirming Brown’s permanent replacement begins in the early weeks of Johnson’s administration.