Garry McCarthy: Born in the Bronx, N.Y., McCarthy was raised by his father, James, a New York City Detective, and his mother Marcella, a nurse. He has a wife and two daughters.
Currently the Chief of Police in Newark, McCarthy is credited with starting the CompStat program that dramatically lowered the homicide rate in New York City. CompStat holds police commanders responsible for crime increases at monthly board meetings.
McCarthy was a finalist for Chicago’s top cop in 2003, the year Daley chose Phil Cline. Back then, he impressed the police board with his knowledge of the city and his understanding of the CAPS program.
McCarthy began his police career with the New York City Police Department, rising through the ranks from a patrolman to Deputy Commissioner of Operations, the principal crime strategist for the entire department. In his seven years as Deputy Commissioner of Operations, New York City saw a decline in murders every year to 540 in 2005, McCarthy’s last year in New York. That number represents the lowest number in New York history since 1963.
He was tapped as Newark Chief of Police in 2006. Since then, Newark’s murder rate has fallen by more than 30 percent. McCarthy was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in 2005 after an altercation with some New Jersey police over a ticket they wrote for one of his daughters. McCarthy was convicted of making “unreasonable noise” and fined.
He beat out Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Eugene Williams and Debra Kirby, a deputy superintendent in the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Professional Standards, chosen by the Chicago Police Board, as well as mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s finalists, R. Gil Kerlikowske and Al Wysinger. Kerlikowske is the director of the White House office of National Drug Control Policy, and Wysinger is the Chicago Police Department’s deputy chief of detectives.