OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Acting Oakland Police Chief Anthony Toribio, who took the helm of the department two days ago, is out as acting chief just days after assuming command.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan announced Friday that Toribio had stepped down voluntarily and will resume his previous position as a captain.
Deputy Chief Sean Whent has been sworn in as acting chief.
The appointment of Whent, a 17-year veteran of the department who most recently served as deputy chief, comes after former Chief Howard Jordan on Wednesday announced he was ending his tenure as the city’s top cop and taking steps toward medical retirement.
Toribio took over the helm but made a personal decision to leave Friday after two days in the position, according to city officials.
A statement from city officials released Friday said Toribio “fully supports the new leadership” and will continue to work for the department.
After Whent’s appointment as acting chief, he tapped Paul Figueroa as acting assistant chief along with three others to serve as acting deputy chiefs of other bureaus.
Mayor Jean Quan said under Whent, the city will start implementing portions of a report received Thursday from a group of police experts headed by William Bratton, former police chief in New York City, Los Angeles and Boston.
The so-called Bratton Group report criticized Oakland police for a number of shortcomings, including a lack of information sharing and lack of ability to counter the city’s growing robbery and burglary problems.Comments