Oakland police chief’s resignation announced late Thursday night

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the resignation of police Chief Sean Whent in a statement issued by the city administrator’s office late Thursday night.

“Chief Whent’s decision to resign was a personal choice which we respect,” Schaaf said.

She did not elaborate further on the reasons for Whent’s resignation.

“Under his leadership Oakland has gotten safer, experiencing a 39 percent decrease in shootings and murders since 2013, and a 46 percent year-to-date reduction in homicides. Chief Whent has also done the critical work of driving sustainable, principled policing in Oakland,” Schaaf said.

Schaaf said that she and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth were grateful for Whent’s dedication and service.

Landreth said Whent earned the city national recognition for its body-worn camera program.

Ben Fairow, who currently works as deputy chief for the BART Police Department, has been appointed Interim Chief of Police while Oakland city officials look for a permanent replacement.

Fairow has previously served as a captain in the Oakland Police Department, where his assignments included a stint as commander of the Internal Affairs Division.

Schaaf, Landreth and Fairow planned to release additional information during a news conference in the Mayor’s Conference Room at 9 a.m. Friday.

Whent’s resignation comes amid recent allegations of sexual misconduct among officers in the department.

Less than a month ago, San Francisco’s police chief resigned following the latest fatal police shooting in The City. Mayor Ed Lee announced former Chief Greg Suhr’s resignation May 19.BART policeLibby SchaafOakland Police Department

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