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* Oakland Police Chief Batts Resigns, Will Leave Office Next Month

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Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts announced today that he is resigning. City Administrator Deanna Santana said Batts will leave office in early to mid-November. Batts was hired in 2009 after serving for seven years as police chief in Long Beach. He said in a letter to Oakland residents that he is resigning with “great regret” but said that during the past two years, “I found myself with limited control, but full accountability.”

“With a heavy heart, I have recognized that the conditions under which I was hired as chief have changed and do not allow me to fulfill the primary mission — to provide an environment where one can live, work, play and thrive free from crime and the fear of crime,” Batts wrote. Santana said in a memo to the City Council and staff, “I am exploring my options on how to proceed,” and said she will make additional announcements about the leadership of the Police Department at a later time.

In the memo, Santana thanked Batts for his service. “I want to especially acknowledge the deep community relationships that Chief Batts has developed toward improving community relations and advancing community policing,” Santana said.

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