Bloggers not sorry to see OPD Chief Tucker go

Here’s some local blog buzz about Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker’s resignation — a move with distinct political implications for already-embattled Mayor Ron Dellums — this morning:

Brooklyn Avenue — “I have little to say about this except to point out that Dellums should have shown Tucker the door a long time ago, and the fact that he continued to defend Tucker and repeatedly persuaded Tucker not to resign (assuming the Tribune report is correct) speaks volumes about Dellums.”

Gene at Our Oakland — “Hmm…they’re properly funded, and according to Mayor Dellums’ address last night, properly staffed, so it seems more likely this was a case of quitting before being fired. Given the list of problems associated with his tenure, he probably decided it was time to get out of Dodge.”

Chris Thompson at the East Bay Express — “It’s not too late to revoke his pension, is it?”

V Smoothe at A Better Oakland (warning: explicit language if you click through): “The man has been an unmitigated disaster for four years, watched violent crime skyrocket at an almost inconceivable rate, and left our police department dripping with one scandal after another. The least he could do is have a modicum of grace as he leaves. But no. I couldn’t even imagine a worse thing to say? I’m shocked. Seriously. In total shock.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Nlk Nrf

    Acting Chief Kozicki is not any better. He has too much baggage (DUI, theft, drunk at the FBI Academy). He does not have the respect of the Department.

  • Progressive Democrat

    I bet all the people criticizing haven’t even bothered to read a monitor’s report so they don’t even know how much progress Tucker made. But they are all experts. I’m sure they none of them at all could have had the fortitude and integrity to get the Internal Affairs department functioning so that Lt. Green could bring his complaint against Chief Tucker. Ironic for an individual who never truly believed in Internal Affairs process. Nor could any of them have had the fortitude to make the fight necessary so Oakland could get weekend coverage during it’s peak crime periods. Nor bring the department up to 804 officers. BTW, anyone even bother noticing homicides have declined? No, just jump on the bash Tucker bandwagon. Wait all you bashers, soon it will be another police officer within OPD. The Tribune never touches the corrupt and dysfunctional council or management until the SF Chron exposes it. The Tribune now inflames where previously it informed.