Los Angeles City Council

New police commissioner expected to be former Oakland chief

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has selected former Oakland, Calif., Police Chief Anthony Batts as Baltimore's next police commissioner, bringing in a leader who has been hailed as an innovator but who struggled to push his agenda at his last job.

Batts, 52, spent nearly 30 years with the Long Beach, Calif., Police Department — including seven as chief — before taking over the Oakland force in 2009. He resigned in October 2011 after butting heads with the mayor and City Council. He did not return a phone message seeking comment.

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