1. Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana told the Chron that the federal court monitor in charge of evaluating Oakland police reforms said that new Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan “can move us in the right direction.” Santana, along with Mayor Jean Quan, appointed Jordan as interim chief yesterday, saying that they believe he is best suited to help the department avoid being put into federal receivership.
The Chron aslo reported that former Police Chief Anthony Batts retired just two days after federal court monitors issued another scathing report on OPD’s reform efforts and again criticized the department’s leadership. A federal judge has indicated that he might order OPD into receivership in January unless it makes significant progress. Santana also said that she does not plan to launch a national search for a new permanent police chief until after that January deadline.