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Ron Dellums’ double-take on new police chief

(This just in from Oakland Tribune city hall reporter Kelly Rayburn…)

Mayor Ron Dellums believes Oakland’s next police chief, Anthony Batts, is “an extraordinarily capable police chief” and is confident the city’s “residents, police department staff and city officials” will find him a good fit for Oakland.

How do we know? Because Dellums said so.

Twice.

Here’s a statement from Dellums when he announced Batts’ appointment in August:

“Chief Batts is an extraordinarily capable police chief whose professional expertise, outstanding leadership skills and brilliant operational savvy make him the right choice for Oakland. Coming from a similar-sized port city with one of the most diverse populations in the country, Chief Batts understands the complexity of running an urban police department and implementing change to improve the quality of life in Oakland and engage the community to enhance public safety. I am confident that our residents, police department staff and city officials alike will find Chief Batts to be an accomplished leader and a great police chief for Oakland.”

And here’s the mayor’s statement from this afternoon when his office announced the mayor would be officiating a swearing-in ceremony for Batts on Tuesday:

“Chief Batts is an extraordinarily capable police chief whose professional expertise, outstanding leadership skills and brilliant operational savvy make him the right choice for Oakland. I am confident that our residents, police department staff and city officials alike will find Chief Batts to be an accomplished leader and a great police chief for Oakland.”

At least he’s staying on message.

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.

  • John W.

    Recycling is a good thing, right?

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    I’m surprised Ron wasn’t considered a serious candidate for the Nobel peace prize.