Oakland Police to Operate Under Civilian Control After Losing Third Chief in 9 Days Amid Sex Scandal

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The Oakland Police Department will now operate under civilian control after the agency parted ways with its third police chief in nine days, Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Friday.

In this file photo, former Hartford chief of police and NYPD chief of transportation bureau Patrick Harnett, a consultant for the Bratton Group, speaks during a news conference at Oakland police headquarters on May 9, 2013 in Oakland. (Credit: Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In this file photo, former Hartford chief of police and NYPD chief of transportation bureau Patrick Harnett, a consultant for the Bratton Group, speaks during a news conference at Oakland police headquarters on May 9, 2013. (Credit: Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Acting Chief Paul Figueroa tendered his resignation to Schaaf on Friday, and the department’s command staff will now report to City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, Schaaf said during a news conference Friday evening.

Figueroa was appointed to replace Interim Chief Ben Fairow on Wednesday, after Schaaf said she had received information that made her question Fairow’s ability to lead.

Fairow’s tenure as Oakland’s top cop lasted just six days. He had been appointed to replace Chief Sean Whent, who resigned in the wake of a widening sexual misconduct scandal that has ensnared more than a dozen city police officers and members of three other East Bay law enforcement agencies.

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