Oakland Police Chief Considers Retirement

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker is considering retiring.

Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason says the 65-year-old Tucker, who took some time off this week, is going through a "personal matter" that is unrelated to the police department.

Thomason says Tucker has not submitted a resignation but is
considering retirement.

Assistant Chief Howard Jordan is the acting chief in Tucker's absence.

Tucker has worked to increase the number of officers in the Oakland police department. He has also overseen the move to 12-hour patrol shifts and led the department in its attempt to comply with court-mandated reforms.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has said the department will be fully
staffed by the end of the year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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