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San Jose Police Chief Chosen



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    San Jose has chosen a new police chief. If approved, the city's acting Police Chief Chris Moore will lose the "acting" title and take on the role officially, according to sources at City Hall.

    The decision was made by San Jose City Manager Debra Figone who will bring her selection to the San Jose City Council in a closed session meeting next Tuesday prior to a confirmation vote.

    The council could reject the candidate, but is expected to confirm the choice.

    Moore has been running the department since Chief Rob Davis stepped down late last year.

    The news means that Oakland's police chief Anthony Batts will be staying put in the East Bay.

    Batts said in a press release that he is continuing conversasions with the Mayor and City staff, stating,

    “I have not made a final decision as to my future with this agency. It still needs to be determined if I am a fit for the City of Oakland’s vision of the future. The demands on the Oakland Police Department are great, youth violence is of great concern, and we have experienced a recent spike in violent crime. In order to make significant improvements to the quality of life for the residents, collective coordination and cooperation must be a priority for ensuring public safety.”

    Moore will lead the 1,250 force in California's third largest city. Moore, who is 49 years old and a Bay Area native, has vast experience in the department.  He started on street patrol and worked his way up through the ranks.

    He made a little news this week when he approved the release the 911 tape of the murder-suicide that left the suspect in the disappearance of Jeanine Harms and her brother both dead. Former Chief Davis always refused to release such recordings.  You can hear the tapes, which include graphic language here.