BART announces interim police chief

While BART embarks on a nationwide search for a new police chief, the transit agency has chosen an interim chief until a permanent replacement is found.

Former Berkeley Police Chief Daschel Butler, who spent 31 years in law enforcement before retiring in 2002, will take over the 206-officer department on an interim basis, according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson.

In August, BART Police Chief Gary Gee announced his resignation from the force, eight months after one of his officers, Johannes Mehserle, fatally shot Oscar Grant, an unarmed passenger, at the Fruitvale Station. Gee, who has been on paid leave for the past several months, will officially step down on December 30.

BART has posted an online survey asking the public to weigh in on its search for a new police chief. The agency is scheduled to hire a new chief by April.

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