Jan. 16--Harvey Radney, a former deputy superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, was named today as Metra's interim police chief, the commuter rail agency announced.
Radney is replacing former Chief James Sanford, who retired from the Metra Police Department on Wednesday after more than three decades of service, Metra said.
Radney will serve as interim chief for two months as part of a 60-day, $100,000 contract with Hillard Heintze, a Chicago-based law-enforcement advisory firm with which Metra has previously contracted.
Radney will report to interim Executive Director Don Orseno. Radney will plan, coordinate and direct the day-to-day activities of the department, Metra said.
Metra said Radney will continue to implement the recommendations of an assessment of the Metra Police Department that was completed by Hillard Heintze last year, but never made public yet by Metra.
Metra hired Hillard Heintze in October 2012 to perform the assessment. The report was expected to have been issued last summer.
Metra said it plans to release the Hillard Heintze report in the near future, as soon as Radney has had time to evaluate the progress the department has already made in implementing its
The contract also calls for Hillard Heintze to assist Metra with the hiring of a permanent new police chief.
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