Harold Washington Archives & Collections. Mayoral Records. Public Safety / Regulatory Sub-Cabinet Records

Institution: Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-747-4300
Date: 1983-1987
Extent: 12 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
When Harold Washington took office in 1983 he formed five sub-cabinets that were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of the mayor's policies, which cut across departmental boundaries. A Mayoral Liaison was appointed to head each sub-cabinet and they in turn reported to the Chief of Staff. The sub-cabinets were Community Services, Development, Finance, Infrastructure, and Public Safety/Regulatory. The Harold Washington Archives & Collections have been processed in such a way as to retain this organization.

Scope and Content Note:
The Public Safety/Regulatory Sub-Cabinet Series consists of the records created by Michael Holewinski, Departmental Liaison for the Public Safety/Regulatory Sub-Cabinet. Holewinski acted as Liaison for the Mayor's Office with the following city agencies: Commission on Animal Care & Control, Fire Department, Office of Municipal Investigation, Department of Police, Office of Cable Communications, Department of Consumer Services, Department of Inspectional Services, Department of Zoning, and the Police Board. Holewinski monitored the implementation of the Mayor's policies in on-going operations, and met with the department heads to discuss current and planned programs and operations.

The series contains records regarding all of the departments that reported to Holewinski, and is particularly strong in material relating to the Police Department. Crime, gangs, and the police were important issues during Washington's administration, and the Public Safety Liaison was responsible for coordinating the Mayor's efforts in these areas. Holewinski was the Director of the Mayor's Task Force on Youth Crime Prevention, which held public hearings throughout the city in January 1985. Materials regarding the Task Force's activities are in the files labeled "Gangs". The files labeled "Reports" include monthly bulletins from the Bureau of Investigative Services on significant incidents, Police Department statistics of services rendered, as well as news releases and other materials. The correspondence files are very general in nature and mostly consist of routed correspondence.


Files have been arranged into alphabetical subjects, following the original folder headings wherever possible

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