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Friday, May 10, 2013

Second Chief Resigns From Oakland Police Department in 48 Hours

Posted By on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

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Apparently, there is a less desirable job than being a newspaper reporter: running the Oakland Police Department.

In less than 72 hours, two chiefs at the Oakland Police Department quit.

Former Police Chief Howard Jordan resigned on Wednesday, citing medical reasons for his decision. However, his timing was curious -- a report scheduled to come out the same day he announced his departure revealed that Oakland is the nation's robbery capital. In addition, it detailed how Jordan had assigned only one part-time cops to investigate more than 10,000 burglaries last year.

His abrupt resignation left Deputy Police Chief Anthony Toribio with the interim job.

Toribio was to serve as interim chief until Mayor Jean Quan settled on a permanent replacement -- but, after only two days on the job, he, too, decided he was done.

See Also: Oakland Assigns Just One Cop to 10,000 Burglaries

He gave no reason for his abrupt departure as of this morning.

Now Deputy Chief Sean Whent has been named the acting chief of the Oakland Police Department -- but who knows what tomorrow will bring.


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