Oakland mayor names Jordan police chief, hires new fire chief

Choices made as city grapples with violent crime, budget constraints, recurring Occupy Oakland protests

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Wednesday announced that interim police Chief Howard Jordan will head the Police Department on a permanent basis.

Quan and City Administrator Deanna Santana also named Teresa Reed, an assistant chief with the San Jose Fire Department, as the city's new fire


The mayor had tapped Jordan to act as interim chief in October after former police Chief Anthony Batts abruptly resigned, citing reasons

including that he had limited control but full accountability for the city's high crime rate.

Jordan has been with the department for more than two decades, serving as a patrol officer for 10 years and a field supervisor for 13. He served on the department's SWAT team for seven years.

He has also served as police chief for the Oakland Unified School District, and Quan said Wednesday that she first met Jordan while serving on Oakland's board of education.

She said the school district sought to bring on a chief who would make that force more professional and forge a relationship between students and police.

In the short time since Jordan was named interim chief of the Oakland Police Department last year, he has grappled with issues including violent crime, budget constraints and the question of how to handle the recurring Occupy Oakland protests.

Jordan had served as interim chief once previously, being named to the post in February 2009 after former Chief Wayne Tucker retired. After Batts took over in August 2009, Jordan served as assistant chief.

Oakland's new fire chief will be the first black woman to serve as fire chief for a major metropolitan area.

Reed has been with the San Jose Fire Department since 1986 and has risen through the ranks to assistant fire chief.

She has lived in the Oakland area for 22 years, and said she is pleased to finally be working with her home department.

Reed will assume control of the department on March 5, taking over for interim fire Chief Mark Hoffman.

Erika Heidecker, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

Congratulations to the new Chief and good luck with the difficult task. I also want to lend my support to the Oakland PD for their thankless job of trying to keep rest in a restless city, now complicated with the Occupy Oaklanders. A huge thank you from a neighboring community member.

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Posted by mittens
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

is this more affirmative action hiring or are these two the best fit for the jobs?

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

Just look at any photo of the city. It's ALL affirmative action hires. Next the new hires will want to rename the city either Mexiland or Kenyamerica.

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