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*Oakland, Dellums Appoints Howard Jordan As Acting Police Chief

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In an expected move, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has appointed Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan to serve as acting chief pending the outcome of a national search for a new police chief.Jordan, who has served on the force since 1988, will become acting chief Sunday, succeeding police Chief Wayne Tucker, whose last day on the job will be Saturday.Jordan already has handled many of the Police Department’s daily operations as the number two person, especially during a brief period when Tucker took some days off to deal with his wife’s medical problems.City of Oakland spokeswoman Karen Boyd said, “We anticipate a very smooth transition” to a permanent chief. Boyd said it probably will take three to four months to complete the national search. “We will move expeditiously but we want to find the right person for the job,” Boyd said.Former Mayor Jerry Brown appointed Tucker, 65, interim police chief on Feb. 1, 2005, and named him permanent chief on Aug. 11, 2005.Tucker announced his retirement on Jan. 27, saying he had lost faith in the Oakland City Council’s ability to fully fund the Police Department and implement reforms.Tucker’s announcement came just a few hours before City Council members planned to announce a vote of no confidence in him.

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