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High-Profile Big-City Chiefs Depart In 2009

December 16, 2009  | 



Out: John Timoney

In: Miguel Exposito

Why: Timoney resigned in November after the election of Mayor Tomas Regalado. The new mayor campaigned for new leadership, siding with the police union who cited low patrol morale. Timoney had been criticized for using an SUV from a local car dealer.


Out: Wayne Tucker

In: Tony Batts

Why: Batts takes over a department reeling from the deaths of four officers ambushed by a parolee, threatened budget cuts, and a technologically outdated crime mapping system. He oversaw a reduction  in crime as the chief of the Long Beach (Calif.) Police Department.

San Francisco

Out: Heather Fong

In: George Gascon

Why: Mayor Gavin Newsom hired Gascon, a former LAPD deputy chief, from the Mesa (Ariz.) Police Department to modernize the department.


Out: Gil Kerlikowske

In: Pending

Why: Kerlikowske left in March to become the federal drug czar in the Obama Administration. Mayor-elect Mike McGinn is restarting a stalled search process put on hold by the former mayor's loss in a primary election.


Out: Steve Hogue

In: Jane Castor

Why: Hogue retired after six years as chief. Castor became the first female (and openly gay) chief in Tampa, and downplayed her trailblazing.

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