Ron Davis for Oakland Police Chief

Mayor Ron Dellums has hired a national headhunting firm to find Oakland’s next police chief, according to the Trib. The firm, headed up by police management expert Bob Wasserman (no relation to Fremont’s mayor and former police chief), plans to recruit candidates from around the country. But there is one good choice from right here in the Bay Area — Ron Davis, East Palo Alto’s police chief. Davis is a former Oakland police captain, who ran the East Oakland district with significant success in the late 1990s, before former Chief Richard Word dismantled geographic policing under pressure from Jerry Brown. Davis is a smart cop who knows Oakland well, and is a believer in geographic policing and the importance of solving crimes. Plus, he has experience running a police department in a city with steep divisions of wealth like Oakland. He would be a good choice.

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