So it looks like the Daily Review story about the hiring of Diane Urban, the city’s new police chief, didn’t land on the website but you can find it after the jump. It’s very similar to the Merc version, but with more Hayward info added and a bunch of stuff chopped out because of limited space in the paper. Read both for maximum effect, and add to that the in-depth Merc profile on Urban from November when she was a candidate for San Jose’s top cop post.
Highlights: In addition to her 25-year career with the San Jose Police Department — which included being the first female member of its SWAT team and serving in a host of different capacities up to her last post as assistant chief — Urban has been a horsewoman for life, went to Cal State
Hayward and can throw the discus better than you.
And since they sent me two photos of Urban, in uniform and civilian duds, I figured I’d share those as well. Here’s the Review story:
HAYWARD — San Jose Assistant Police Chief Diane Urban, a 25-year veteran of the department and daughter of a former Los Angeles police officer, on Thursday was named Hayward’s new police chief.
Her promotion makes Urban the eighth female police chief in the Bay Area — and the 23rd in the state. San Leandro named Sandra Spagnoli to the top cop spot earlier this year.
“I’ve spent my whole life preparing for this opportunity,” said Urban, 47.
She will take command of the 190-officer Hayward force Aug. 8, replacing Chief Ron Ace, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Hayward City Manager Fran David said they had more than 30 candidates apply for the position.
“We had four different interview groups with panels, and she consistently came through right at the top,” David said. “She has immense experience through all aspects of law enforcement, and experience with technology, which is very important.”
She added that Urban meshes well with Hayward’s goal of having a force that’s aware of community concerns.
“She is very empathetic to the community,” David said. “She understands the service aspect of policing.”
Urban becomes Hayward’s first female police chief in a department that settled a class-action sexual harassment lawsuit for $5 million in 2009.
That suit stemmed from the complaints of 14 women who said they were subjected to such harassment as far back as 1982 and as recently as 2007.
“I think there has been a change that has occurred in the department over the last four our five years,” David said. “Our folks are very professional and they will respond to a qualified chief just as they did to Chief (Ron) Ace.”
Urban was born in Los Angeles, raised in Eugene, Ore., and earned a criminal justice bachelor’s degree from Cal State East Bay and a master’s degree in applied social science from Boston University. A lifelong avid equestrian, she is also a former discus champion who nearly made the Olympic team in 1984.
Her base pay in San Jose is $181,790, and she will make just above $200,000 in Hayward.