Kenton Rainey, who is expected to become BART's police chief June 1, has plenty of experience trying to maneuver within a department engulfed in controversy.
As a young deputy in the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, Rainey was among 11 African Americans who sued the department for institutional racism in 1992, accusing his bosses of barring black officers from the top ranks.
Years later in Fairfield, where Rainey served as police chief for two years, his critics say that what is often perceived as Rainey's greatest asset - his passion for including the community in police issues - came at the cost of rank-and-file support. Sources said he abruptly left the department last year before a no-confidence vote by the officers union.
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