The sheriff is back in town.

Well, actually, he never left, but former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy may be emerging from City Hall exile and gunning for the fifth floor.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired McCarthy in December 2015 at the apex of the Laquan McDonald police shooting debacle. His top cop had become a “distraction,” Emanuel said.

On Wednesday, the Gary McCarthy for Mayor Exploratory Committee was filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections, listing a Northwest Side address.

McCarthy and his fans believe he was a scapegoat, a sacrificial lamb to Emanuel’s ongoing crusade to repair his image and resurrect his mayoralty.

McCarthy, who has been working as a security consultant, isn’t talking about the committee. If the effort is real, McCarthy could be the first serious hat in the 2019 mayoral election ring.

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