Judge fires Oakland police compliance director
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge has fired the official he selected last year to oversee the embattled Oakland Police Department.
U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson announced in a report on Wednesday that he was removing Thomas C. Frazier from his post as compliance director.
Frazier was responsible for overseeing the implementation of reforms ordered after a 2003 lawsuit against four police officers accused of misconduct.
The powers of the compliance director are being transferred to Robert Warshaw, who will continue as court-appointed monitor.
Henderson said he came to his decision because having a separate monitor and compliance director had proved too expensive and inefficient.
Attorney John Burris, one of two lawyers overseeing the reforms and settlements, said he believes the judge thought not enough progress was being made for Frazier's $270,000 salary.