Former West Side commander, father of alderman dies

Claudell Ervin, 74, was a 'pioneer of community policing,' says mayor

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By Michael Romain


Claudell Ervin, a former Harrison District police commander and the father of Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), passed away on Dec. 19. He was 74 years old. Jason Ervin confirmed the death on a Dec. 19 Facebook post.

"Today is hard. Losing your Main Man is tough," the alderman wrote. "From the day I had my first hit in T-ball you were there, my first basket scored in Biddy Basketball you were there, through school and college you were there, and when I became Alderman there you were standing right there beside me, my Main Man. Thank you for being the best Father a son could ever have. Love You Dad! [sic]."

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement on the day Ervin died. The mayor stated that Ervin was a "was a fixture in the Harrison District and a pioneer for community policing.

"His service to our city is measured by the countless number of colleagues and community members he impacted, inspired and unified. It is that same spirit of service and selflessness he instilled in his son, Alderman Jason Ervin. Amy and I join with all Chicagoans in extending our prayers and deepest sympathies to his wife, Thelma, his children and the CPD family."

Funeral arrangements for Ervin are as follows:


Friday, Dec. 29

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church at the JLM Abundant Life Center

2622 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago


Saturday, Dec. 30

Wake: 10 a.m., St Jude: 10:45 a.m., Service: 11 a.m.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church at the JLM Abundant Life Center

2622 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to:

Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center 9 S. Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60612, in Memory of Commander Claudell Ervin.

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