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Rumors swirling across Chicago say retired Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is the top contender to be the interim police superintendent as the city conducts a national search for the position, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Beck declined to comment, but several law enforcement sources close to him said he is working to finalize an agreement to temporarily lead the nation's second-largest municipal police force. He is expected to meet with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot later this week.

"Charlie Beck was the right man for the job when he was the chief in Los Angeles," Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff said Wednesday. "For that job in Chicago, he is the right person."

A police spokesman in Chicago declined to comment.

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