Representatives from the Oakland Police Department have confirmed that acting chief Anthony Toribio decided to leave the position after two days. Torbio stepped down last Friday and has since been replaced by an interim chief. He has not released comment as to why he made this decision.
The mayor had tapped him to take over for Chief Howard Jordan. Jordan retired from the post earlier this month after spending two years leading the Oakland PD. He said his decision to leave was based on medical issues.
Some question why the new chief left the position so quickly. Others point out that the department has been ridden with problems in recent years to budget cuts, layoffs and attrition. Oakland crime rates are among the highest in the country. Gang violence is prevalent and many residents say they don’t feel safe on city streets. Things are so bad that there are rumors that the federal government may soon take over. A court-appointed compliance officer has criticized the department for failing to punish officer misconduct. They also found that burglaries were not being properly investigated.
For now, Deputy Chief Sean Whent will reportedly fill the vacant position. A search for a permanent Oakland PD Chief is ongoing. Whent said he pledges to give his full attention and dedication to the department for as long as he’s leading the helm. He underscored his commitment to do whatever it takes to make the city a safer place to live, work and play.