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BART's Next Police Chief Could Be a Woman

BART's Next Police Chief Could Be a Woman

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San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

April 17, 2010

OAKLAND, CA – BART’s Board of Directors met Friday to discuss candidates for the BART Police Chief position and two of the four candidates were woman.

The nine members of the BART’s Board of Directors filed into the boardroom in Oakland about 8:30 Friday morning to interview in person the top four candidates for chief. They didn’t emerge from behind closed doors until 3 p.m.

“We’ve agreed to come back Thursday and hopefully tell the public who the new police chief will be,” said Lynette Sweet, BART board member

Friday, that there were three African Americans and one Latino in the group of final four candidates; two women and two men. Perhaps not surprisingly on the diverse BART board, the directors did not agree on just one candidate.

“What was cool about this is we all looked at the same as our top two,” said Sweet.

Sources tell us those top two candidates are both African American, a man and a woman, both with strong Bay Area past or present law enforcement experience.

“If it ends up being a man, fine with me, if we end up; with a strong woman that’s even a bonus,” said BART board member Carole Ward Allen.

Of course, the board can only recommend, as can community leaders who have also interviewed the candidates and made recommendations.

BART’s general manager Dorothy Dugger is making the final decision and as of Friday afternoon, she was still meeting with candidates.

“We’re not going to say anything until the person has accepted the job, it’s signed sealed and delivered, that’s when we’ll make the announcement,” said BART spokesman Linton Johnson.

Until then, interim police Chief Daschel Butler will be in charge of the department’s 200 officers. He took over after BART’s longtime chief Gary Gee retired under a cloud the end of last year.

“There are a lot of challenges this person has ahead,” said Johnson.

14 month ago, one of BART’s now former officers Johannes Mehserle was caught on video shooting passenger Oscar Grant and charged with murder.

Mehserle says he accidentally fired his firearm instead of his taser.

Then on Thursday, Butler ordered officers to stop carrying tasers on their shifts until they undergo two more hours of training. This decision, BART says, was speeded up a week after an officer allegedly fired a taser at a 13-year-old boy fleeing Richmond Police on his bicycle.

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good luck in your new post.

    OAKLAND can be compared to Detroit in the 70's minus the hippie liberals ?

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    “What was cool about this is we all looked at the same as our top two,” said Sweet

    so I'm guessing BART management is made up of 10yoa.....makes sense....God help the Police Officers who work for BART

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I agree with lowaNinersFan. That whole city is nothing but a mess. I have been there once and will never go back.

  • Gods_team_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The new Chief, regardless of gender and race, will need more than prayers to fix that mess in Oakland.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Good luck on that one.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    It is completely irrelevant the gender or race of the new long as the job is done appropriately with no favoritism or discrimination..........Kudos to the new Chief, when appointed. I agree with AZ, this is a pretty hum drum article......a brief skim was too long to realize what the content was about.

  • 74596_129289523905506_927477597_n_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Well, not meaning to play devil's advocate here but I guess the purpose of the article was to shine light on the progress that women have made in the law enforcement world in general (this is my feminist side speaking out).

    Then again, another side of me goes "who cares?!?!", as long as the job can get done.

    Whatever the purpose of the article, best of luck to the new Chief.

  • Radio2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Best of luck to the new Chief.

  • Images_max50


    over 4 years ago


    .......LOL, waste of an article.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    The new chief has a hard job ahead of him/her. Best of luck !!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Does it matter really male or female???? More about who can do the job and repair the image of BART.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Bump fplasencia!

  • Meangreen01_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Can't get back the minute of my life wasted skimming this article...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    BUMP fplasencia

  • 21_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Seems like they would have more pressing matters than whether or not their chief is a female

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