(Bay City News) Oakland Mayor Jean Quan announced today that Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan will serve as acting police chief for the city following the surprise resignation of Chief Anthony Batts earlier this week.

Interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan speaks during a press conference on Mar 21. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Batts, who was appointed by then-Mayor Ron Dellums in August 2009, announced his resignation in a letter on Tuesday, saying that as chief he had limited control but full accountability for Oakland’s high crime rates.

Jordan has already served as acting police chief in Oakland; he was named to the post in February 2009 after former Chief Wayne Tucker decided to retire, saying he said he had lost faith in the City Council’s ability to fully fund the Police Department and implement reforms.

Since Batts took over, Jordan has served as assistant chief.

Batts was hired after a nationwide search for someone to head the department, and came to Oakland from Long Beach, where he had served as police chief for seven years.

Batts had a record of reducing violent crime in Long Beach, and it was hoped he could do the same for Oakland.

Quan Names Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan Acting Chief 13 October,2011KQED News Staff and Wires

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