Mayor announces interim police chief
March 19th, 2012
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle announced outgoing Police Chief Alex Hayesâ€™ interim replacement Monday.
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Deputy Chief David Baker was named as the cityâ€™s interim Police Chief effective March 31st. That will be outgoing Police Chief Alex Hayesâ€™ last day.
Hayes announced his resignation earlier this month, not citing specific reasons for the decision.
Baker is a 23-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, and would serve as acting chief while the city conducts a nationwide search for Hayesâ€™ permanent replacement. The mayorâ€™s office said it would also look at candidates currently serving on the Omaha police force.
According to a statement by the mayorâ€™s office, Baker has supported community policing and technological changes associated with the cityâ€™s shot spotter system. He has served as Deputy Chief for the past four years, and has also been in charge of disciplinary standards for the force.
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