Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan announced his retirement for medical reasons today and said he is taking medical leave immediately until his medical retirement is approved, according to a statement posted on the Oakland Police Department website.
Howard advised City Administrator Deanna Santana of his plan this morning, the statement says.
The complete text of Jordan's statement is as follows:
It Has Been a Honor to Serve Oakland
This morning I advised City Administrator Deanna Santana that, effective immediately, I am on medical leave and taking steps toward medical retirement. This decision has been difficult, but necessary. Through my 24 years of wearing an OPD badge and uniform, I have emulated the Department’s core values: Honesty, Respect, and Integrity – values I observed in the men and women who worked with me and for me. I know that the members and civilian staff of the Department will carry on these values to generations to come.
It has been an honor to serve the City of Oakland.
Howard A. Jordan
Chief of Police
Oakland Police Department
Assistant Chief Anthony Toribio confirmed this afternoon that Jordan is stepping down.
Toribio declined to release details, saying only that Jordan is "on leave." He said the Police Department will be releasing more information soon.
As the second-ranking officer in the department, Toribio will now take the helm as acting chief, he said.
Jordan was appointed police chief on Feb. 1, 2012 by Mayor Jean Quan. He had served as interim chief since October 2011 after former police Chief Anthony Batts abruptly resigned.
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