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* San Jose Assistant Police Chief Diane Urban Named Hayward Police Chief

San Jose Press Release June 30, 2011

After 25 and a half years as a member of the San Jose Police Department, Assistant Chief of Police Diane Urban is leaving the department to become the Chief of Police in Hayward, California.  Assistant Chief Urban received a conditional job offer from the City of Hayward on Wednesday, June 29th.  Urban will await the completion of a Peace Officers Standards and Training compliant background check before taking over the department at an unspecified date in August.

Assistant Chief Urban has led a stellar career in the San Jose Police Department.  Assistant Chief Urbans career reflects a high level of commitment as well as dedicated service in numerous specialized assignments.  Urban has worked in such high profile assignments as the Field Training Officer (FTO), Horse Mounted Unit, the Intelligence Unit, a tour in the elite MERGE Unit (SWAT), and later, Commander of the Special Operations Division.  Most recently, Police Chief Chris Moore appointed her as the Assistant Chief in January, 2011.  Since that time, Assistant Chief Urban has worked to help guide the Department through some of the toughest times in its history.

Assistant Chief Urban, who is a graduate of Cal State East Bay, will oversee a department of 200 sworn officers in Hayward.  Urban also holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Science from Boston University.  Assistant Chief Urban leaves a legacy of pride, leadership, and hard work.  “I want to express my love and gratitude for the men and women of the San Jose Police Department”, Urban stated.

When told of the news, city leaders applauded Assistant Chief Urbans accomplishments.  “While I applaud Chief Urban’s appointment, I am saddened that SJPD is losing a trailblazing leader.  Diane broke the glass ceiling at SJPD by virtue of her hard work and determination.  I have no doubt that she will bring that same work ethic and determination to her new job as the Chief of Police in Hayward,” said Judge LaDoris Cordell, San Jose’s Independent Police Auditor.  “Hayward’s selection of Diane Urban as its next Police Chief is a reflection of the high quality of talent that San Jose develops to serve our businesses and residents”, said City Manager Debra Figone.  “I know that Diane will be a great Police Chief and a great asset to the City of Hayward.  She will be greatly missed.”

“We’re losing one of our best and brightest,” added Police Chief Chris Moore.  “Diane’s leadership will serve Hayward well.  We’ll miss her.”


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