(KTSF by Jessie Liang)
Oakland, CA – The Mayor of Oakland Jean Quan officially named Interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan as the city’s new Police Chief and San Jose Assistant Fire Chief Teresa Reed as the city’s new Fire Chief.
Mayor Quan says, “Howard Jordan is someone who has the strong commitment to reducing crime but also improving safety through community policing.”
46-year-old Jordan was appointed interim chief by Quan after the former police chief Anthony Batts quit in October 2011. The announcement comes at a critical time for the city that has been dealing with decreased tax revenue, increased employee retirement costs, layoffs, concerns over crime and Occupy protests. All of these make Jordan’s job tougher.
Jordan has served Oakland’s Police Department for 24 years and adds, “There’s no other time than the current time for us to demonstrate that we’re capable of policing the city in the manner which the citizens expect.”
In addition, Mayor Quan announced that new Fire Chief Teresa Reed will not only be the first woman to lead the Oakland Fire Department in its 142-year history but also makes history as the first African American woman to head a major metropolitan fire department.
53-year-old Reed is a 22-year resident of Oakland and says, “I look forward to applying that knowledge and continue to advance the goals of our city’s fire department.”
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