UC Davis names new police chief

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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi announced Thursday that UC Davis Police Lt. Matt Carmichael would be the campus’ new acting chief of police.

Former police chief Annette Spicuzza announced Wednesday that she would be retiring in the wake of the controversy following the Nov. 18 pepper spraying incident, which led to the suspension of her and Lt. John Pike, according to a report by the Sacramento Bee.

An ongoing investigation was launched following the incident, and most recently a 190-page report released by the UC Davis task force placed most of the blame upon campus police and the administration for not better approaching the campus protests.

Carmichael, who has been with the UC Davis police for the last 10 years, was sworn in Thursday, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Carmichael has been serving as acting chief since Nov. 21.

According to the report, Carmichael will serve as police chief for a one year term, during which time the campus will begin searching nationally for a permanent replacement.