Now hiring: Chicago’s next top cop

The Chicago Police Board said today it has begun accepting applications for a permanent successor to former police Superintendent Jody Weis.

Rahm Emanuel, mayor-elect,  has said he hopes to name a new superintendent when he takes office on May 16.

Until April 11, applications are being accepted on the police board’s web site,  ChicagoPoliceBoard.org, Demetrius Carney, the board’s president, said in a statement. The board is in charge of nominating three candidates for superintendent.

The application requires candidates to describe their qualifications, “address important challenges facing the police department” and reveal if they have ever taken the 5th Amendment in a court proceeding.

In addition to four essay questions, applicants have to explain how they would improve the morale of the department, which was a low point for Weis. Another question asked is how they would build the department’s success in fighting violent crime.