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New Calif. chief sworn in by department watchdog

Former judge had a rocky relationship with the Chief's predecessor

By Sean Webby
San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The biggest news at San Jose police Chief Chris Moore's swearing-in ceremony Thursday may have been who administered the oath of office.

In a move heavy on symbolism, Moore was sworn in by former Judge LaDoris Cordell, the city's official police watchdog whose office had a rocky relationship with Moore's predecessor, Rob Davis.

Moore asked Cordell to perform the honors, and Cordell spoke words of encouragement and praise during an event at City Hall. It remains to be seen if the gesture helps usher in a new era of cooperation between the Independent Police Auditor and the police department or whether it's merely window dressing. Even so, the two seem to have started off on a positive note.

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