08/19/2009

Calif. officers' deaths led new chief to Oakland

By Matthai Kuruvila
San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — When a headhunter called Long Beach Police Chief Anthony Batts in March and asked him whether he was interested in becoming Oakland's next chief, Batts knew the answer: No.

"I was happy in Long Beach," Batts said during his first public appearance Monday since accepting the chief's job in Oakland.

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