Chicago's mayor says it's 'very easy' to justify top cop's $300,000 salary

By Gary Washburn
The Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO Mayor Richard Daley made no apologies Tuesday for making Chicago's new police superintendent the highest-paid employee on the city payroll, insisting the $300,000 a year that Jody Weis will receive is warranted for his responsibilities.

Justifying Weis' salary is "very, very easy," Daley said. "Highland Park -- $126,000 for a police chief. How many people live there? Lake Forest, $119,000, Barrington, $113,000, Los Angeles, $300,000."

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