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Oakland’s Police Chief Finalist For Top Cop Job In San Jose

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Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts

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OAKLAND (CBS/AP) – Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says the city’s popular police chief has told her he is a finalist for the top cop job in San Jose.

Chief Anthony Batts has lead the Oakland department since late 2009. He has overseen a drop in serious crime, as well as a shrinking of the force due to city budget woes.

Quan said Monday that Batts told her last week he was a top candidate for San Jose police chief but asked her to keep the information confidential.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that Batts was in the running.

The Oakland Police Department did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

San Jose has been without a permanent leader since Chief Rob Davis retired in November. The city of nearly 1 million has more than twice the population of Oakland with about a quarter of the homicides.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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