Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told KGO-TV Wednesday that his decision to resign for medical reasons was “one of the toughest decisions” of his 25-year career with the OPD. He declined to discuss any details of the ”debilitating health condition” behind his decision, saying these are “personal matters,” but stated that he is looking forward to “longevity, peace and harmony” as he seeks to attain a medical disability retirement.
“It is not easy being an Oakland police officer,” Jordan stated.
Jordan also said he was not forced out, and that the timing of his announcement, which came just before a scheduled press conference in which a report critical of the department by consultant William Bratton’s group was to be released, was not related. The press conference had to be hastily postponed until today.
Meanwhile, KPIX-TV has posted a copy of the summary of the findings of the Bratton Report.