Acting Oakland police chief replaced after 2 days
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland's acting police chief was replaced Friday after just two days on the job as part of a management shake-up of the beleaguered department.
Mayor Jean Quan announced that Deputy Chief Anthony Toribio had stepped down voluntarily. Quan had named Toribio to take over for Chief Howard Jordan on Wednesday after Jordan announced he was immediately retiring for medical reasons.
Another deputy chief, Sean Whent, was sworn in Friday as acting chief. Torbio will go back to being a captain, City Councilman Larry Reid said.
Jordan served two brief stints as interim chief before he was named chief two years ago.
The shake-ups come as the city continues to deal with one of the nation's worst violent crime rates and doubts about the police department's performance.
A court-appointed monitor issued a report last week criticizing the department for its handling of complaints against officers.
And on Thursday, former Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, who has been hired as a city crime consultant, released a report saying burglaries were not being investigated properly and that high-ranking Oakland officers were not being held properly accountable for the crimes in the areas they oversee.
His consulting group on Thursday recommended that the department patrol the city in five districts, each led by a captain who would oversee a group of officers that can respond to crimes more effectively.
Whent is a 17-year police veteran who has previously served in the department's internal affairs criminal justice divisions.