Gil Kerlikowske, Obama Drug Czar, Wants To Be Chicago Police Superintendent

04/20/2011 03:51 pm ET | Updated Jun 20, 2011

WASHINGTON -- The White House drug czar says he wants to be Chicago's next top cop.

Gil Kerlikowske, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Wednesday he applied for the job and "wouldn't have applied for it if I didn't want it."

Several television stations had previously reported that Kerlikowske interviewed for the Chicago police superintendent's job with both mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and the police board in the last week.

Kerlikowske, who spoke to The Associated Press during an interview for C-SPAN's "Newsmakers," is a career law enforcement officer who was police chief in Seattle before taking the White House job.