NEWARK - Newark Mayor Cory Booker has named Sam DeMaio as interim police director following the announcement yesterday that Garry McCarthy will leave the post to head the Chicago Police Department under Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel.

Booker chose DeMaio, a 25-year veteran of the Newark Police Department, for the job. DeMaio, a second-generation cop, will serve until at least September, when Booker says he will announce a permanent replacement.

Booker says DeMaio will be considered for the permanent position if efforts to fight crime in the city over the summer are successful.

The outgoing McCarthy has headed the Newark Police Department since 2006.

McCarthy says it was the opportunity to lead the nation's second largest police department in Chicago that made him leave. He says political fighting and the close City Council vote on his reappointment last year had nothing to do with his decision to leave Newark.

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