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New BART Police Chief Chosen

New BART Police Chief Chosen

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San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

May 13, 2010

OAKLAND — Former Fairfield police Chief Kenton Rainey has been selected to become the new chief of BART’s embattled police force, a local television station reported Wednesday night.

KTVU-TV reported that Rainey, currently a commander with the San Antonio, Texas, Police Department, was offered the position two weeks ago, according to sources, and that an official announcement was planned once “the vetting process is complete.”

Rainey was among four finalists for the BART job and was picked by general manager Dorothy Dugger, the TV station reported.

Reached late Wednesday, BART spokesman Linton Johnson had no comment on the story.

The BART chief job has been vacant since former Chief Gary Gee resigned in December.

Interim Chief Dash Butler has presided over the internal investigation into the New Year’s Day 2009 fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III by former Officer Johannes Mehserle, which recently resulted in the dismissal of two officers.

Mehserle, who resigned from the force after the incident, is awaiting trial for murder in Southern California.

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