A technician at Rentokil Boecke, Hamberlin is a union steward of the Teamsters Local 781. He is active in the Facebook group 18th Ward Connection, and Alderperson David Moore (17th Ward) recently recognized Hamberlin with a service award. His vision for the district council is “to ensure everyone is held accountable for solving problems.”

At a candidate forum at Kennedy-King College on Feburary 1, Hamberlin repeatedly denied having the support of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). However on February 7, he stated in an interview with The TRiiBE that he was in fact endorsed by the FOP. When the FOP released its official list of endorsements on February 11, Hamberlin was not included.

Alderperson Moore and State Senator Willie Preston (16th District) have endorsed.

Image of a Chicago Police Department badge, denoting the candidate has ties to law enforcement or the Fraternal Order of Police
Ties to police or FOP Credit: Amber Huff
Illustration of a suit coat and tie, denoting the candidate has political endorsment(s).
Political endorsement Credit: Amber Huff

Editor’s note: In the January 11 print edition of the voter guide, we mistakenly identified Hamberlin as “pro-accountability” with a dove icon; he is not. We regret the error.

Candidate questionnaire responses

  • Do you have experience as an activist or community organizer? Yes
  • Do you have experience interacting with CPD? Yes
  • Do you have experience working or interacting with government? Yes
  • Should the city hire more police officers? Yes
  • Is CPD adequately funded? Yes: funding should stay about the same.
  • CPD reform: The police are doing a good job, and need more resources.
  • Mental health crises: Police should accompany healthcare workers to mental health crises.

What do you consider the primary role of a police district councilor to be?

  • Communicating with the department on behalf of the community

Why are you running for Police District Council?

Because all the experience I have: I am a former health and physical ed teacher, I am IHSA official, union steward for Budget Rental Car. I know how to deal with all people.