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Video: Oakland PD Deputy Chief Named Acting Assistant Chief

June 21, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Oakland PD Deputy Chief Named Acting Assistant Chief

Oakland (CA) Police Department's Deputy Chief David Downing has been named acting assistant chief by Mayor Libby Schaff, reports KGO.

This comes after Oakland city officials were allegedly informed that the appointment of the city administrator over the Oakland Police Department may have been in violation of state laws.

Even City Councilman Noel Gallo is having a hard time keeping track of the rapidly changing chiefs and their titles.

"We just added to the confusion and certainly I'm not happy," he said.

Downing, who has been with the department for more than 20 years, is the fourth person to oversee the department in nine days.

Last Friday the mayor announced the department would be placed under civilian control. She appointed city administrator Sabrina Landreth as head.

But now Downing is in charge after the city was told the appointment of a civilian as department head may violate state law.

But there may be another change in chiefs soon. Downing is expected to retire in six months.

Comments (4)

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kevcopAz @ 6/21/2016 4:17 PM

Perhaps with retirement coming this chief will do whats right, do what needs to be done without politics and worrying about his future. I know its crazy but I think every city police chief should have a contract that pays them out even if they are fired, unless its for criminal cause. This way they don't have to worry where the next $ is coming from and can do whats best for the department rather then what the Mayor may want.

kevcopAz @ 6/21/2016 4:18 PM

Good luck, you may be another "dead man" walking. Quick take all of your official pictures today, before they fire you too.

jimi2p2 @ 6/21/2016 5:54 PM

#1 - Let them go out and find a real COP with ethics and standards, if not 'morals'; there are plenty of professional LEO's out here that can set this crap straight in many departments, not just this one... it just take the balls to be right.

tedb @ 6/22/2016 8:56 AM

Between Oakland and its sister city across the bay, I am surprised that they can retain ANY qualified LE managers. It seems that the inmates are running the nut house in those cities and don't want real cops working for them. I was a deputy sheriff in a neighboring county during the 70's and wouldn't work in the Bay Area these days if they tripled the pay.

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