OAKLAND -- Gaining what he said was "stability to the command staff," Chief of Police Sean Whent's top commanders had the acting title removed from their rank at a promotion ceremony Thursday.

Whent, who was named permanent chief May 14 after slightly more than a year as interim chief, now has his executive team in place for the near future.

Paul Figueroa is assistant chief, and Danielle Outlaw and David Downing are deputy chiefs. Outlaw and Downing are co-commanders of the Bureau of Field Operations, which includes the patrol division. Outlaw is the first woman in department history to gain that command role. The three had been acting in their positions since last year.

Others promoted were Capt. Drennon Lindsey, a former homicide unit commander, Lt. Sean Fleming, a former homicide investigator, and Sgts. Sean Bowling, Chan Lee, Michael Cardoza and Matthew McGiffert.

Four of those promoted grew up in Oakland and graduated from Oakland high schools.

Figueroa is a St. Elizabeth High School graduate, Outlaw graduated from Holy Names High School, Fleming from Fremont High School, where he was an All-City basketball player, and Lee, who is an Oakland High School grad.

Whent told the audience at police headquarters that all of those promoted have "proven leadership abilities" and are "dedicated to moving the department forward."



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