Ending seven months without a police chief, Oakland has chosen an outsider from Chicago to take the department’s top post, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Anne Kirkpatrick, who most recently led reform efforts within the Chicago Police Department, will serve as Oakland’s police chief, becoming the troubled department’s first-ever female chief.
The appointment of Kirkpatrick, the former police chief in Spokane, Wa., by Mayor Libby Schaaf, ends months of speculation. Kirkpatrick, a licensed attorney, has spent almost 30 years in law enforcement. In Chicago, she took charge of a unit designated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to work to reform the force. She had been one of three finalists to replace Garry McCarthy as police superintendent in 2015.