Howard Jordan to Serve as Interim OPD Chief

By Mike Anderson
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:04 AM PDT
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Oakland After the Mehserle Verdict

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts announced his resignation earlier this week.

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Oakland's Assistant Police Chief, Howard Jordan, will serve as the department's interim police chief, sources told NBC Bay Area's Jodi Hernandez Wednesday.

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts submitted his resignation earlier this week. He said he could no longer be in charge of a police department where he had 20-percent control but full accountability.

"The landscape has changed radically over the past two years with new and different challenges," Batts wrote.

Following Batts' resignation, Mayor Jean Quan said "I didn't ask him to leave, but if he were to leave this was a good time so that somebody else could move this next phase forward."

Quan is expected to make an official announcement about Jordan this Thursday.

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