David Sprague has led the department on an interim basis for nearly a year. He has worked for the department since 2001.
The Berkeley City Council voted 5-4 not to wait for the outcome of the investigation. Seven members voted to confirm Jen Louis as Berkeley police chief; two abstained.
City Council is set to decide Tuesday whether to confirm Interim Chief Police Jen Louis with a permanent role at more than $300,000 annually. Accountability officials have asked for more time.
Police in San Francisco had been searching for the victim, 57-year-old Vittorio Marianecci of Florida, after he was reported missing Monday.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has charged the suspect with three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery, one each from incidents on April 5, 8 and 9, according to court records.
Postal inspectors confirmed there have been ongoing mail thefts in Berkeley, including as recently as March. Some Westbrae residents believe their mail is simply not being delivered.
Corey Shedoudy grabbed attention in 2022 when he accused BPD’s bike squad of racism, anti-homeless sentiments and quota systems. His firing for staging a bike crash has been upheld by an independent arbitrator.
Thefts of certain Hyundais and Kias have skyrocketed in Berkeley following a TikTok challenge showing how easy it is to steal them.
The cause and manner of the woman’s death remained pending as of April 18. She was discovered the evening of April 10.
No action was taken at a meeting this week, but Interim Police Chief Jen Louis’s critics say the city should not even be discussing her confirmation until investigations into a texting scandal are resolved.
After more than two years as BPD’s interim chief, and with her confirmation on hold since November, the City Council discussed Jen Louis’s position in a closed session April 13.
Early intervention systems are meant to warn departments of troubling behavior or trends, from officer burnout to racial disparities in traffic stops and uses of force.