SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF/BCN) — The San Leandro City Manager announced Tuesday that the city hired Seaside’s police chief to take over the police department.
Abdul Prigden will become chief effective Sept. 13, a day after acting chief Susan Manheimer steps down, according to a news release issued Tuesday by San Leandro City Manager Fran Robustelli, who made the appointment.READ MORE: 'When I Finally Got To Be Elvira, That's When My Life Calmed Down': Mistress Of The Dark Peels Back The Curtain
Prigden has been chief at Seaside in Monterey County since 2018. He was a finalist for the top spot in Oakland, where LeRonne Armstrong was hired as police chief.
“Chief Pridgen is a well-respected law enforcement veteran, who is an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and a community builder,” Robustelli said. “Chief Pridgen will provide immediate attention to pressing needs, such as transparency, investment into personnel, and implementing police oversight for the department.”READ MORE: UPDATE: Pleasant Hill In-N-Out Burger Shut Down for Repeatedly Defying COVID Health Order
Prigden said he was honored to take on the new role.
“Our profession faces many challenges, but we have a tremendous opportunity to set an example for progressive, procedurally just, transparent, accountable, and community-focused policing,” he said. “I look forward to working closely with all of our internal and external stakeholders to make the San Leandro Police Department a pioneering model of contemporary policing for others to emulate.”
In April, Prigden was named president of the California Police Chiefs Association, a statewide organization that represents police chiefs and agencies.
Pridgen is also the founder and CEO of the Institute of Transparent and Accountable Policing, a non-profit group that includes current and former law enforcement officers, community leaders and academics working to improve community relations through greater transparency and accountability.MORE NEWS: Netflix Series 'Colin In Black & White' Explores Colin Kaepernick's Formative Years
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