Garry McCarthy

AGE: 52
OCCUPATION: Superintendent, Chicago Police Department

The city’s top cop sets the agenda for crime fighting—and he has not been shy about exercising his influence. Within months of ditching Newark last August, he made good on his promise of change, shifting 1,000 officers from desk jobs to beat patrols. McCarthy has targeted 12 gang “conflict zones,” beefing up resources in each. The result? An overall 8 percent drop in crime. But real power would be the ability to significantly lower Chicago’s still-high murder rate.

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