Metra top cop tapped because of experience, not clout, Quinn says

SHARE Metra top cop tapped because of experience, not clout, Quinn says

Tracking Metra . . .

Keeping track of the new choo-choo gumshoe.

Sneed is told Metra’s new Police Chief Joseph Perez was once head of Gov. Pat Quinn’s bodyguard detail.

Hmmm. And the choice of Perez, a former State Police commander, has prompted a gaggle of Quinn’s GOP critics to detect the scent of clout.

◆ Track side: “That’s ridiculous,” said a spokeswoman for Quinn, who claims the governor had nothing to do with the pick of Perez, who was head of the governor’s executive protection unit until 2012.

“The governor feels he is a good, responsible man who is committed to public service and was always a consummate professional,” she said. Perez is a 28-year State Police veteran.

◆ Rail side: “Chief Perez was chosen by new Metra CEO Don Orseno and was one of three finalists culled from 68 candidates interviewed by three Metra subcommittees,” said Arnette Heintze, whose consulting company Hillard Heintze issued a scathing report last year claiming Metra officers rarely ride trains.

“The governor had nothing to do with it,” he said.

Isn’t politics fun gearing up to election time?


The Latest
Simeon holds on to the No. 1 spot. Marian Catholic returns and New Trier vaults up.
There’s a reason why Caruso is as untouchable a piece on the roster as anyone, and that was on full display in his latest defensive lesson on Saturday. And while the guard has heard the trade rumors, he’s not about to concern himself in going to the front office and asking questions.
One for every police officer charged with second-degree murder in the killing of a Black motorist in Memphis.
The teen was in a car in the 100 block of West 27th Street when he was shot, police said.
They were attacked by someone in a light green SUV in the 5400 block of South Damen Avenue, police said.