Andrew Greenwood steps down as Berkeley police chief

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Berkeley Police Department Chief Andrew Greenwood will be stepping down from his position effective March 12. Jen Louis, BPD captain, will serve as interim chief until a permanent replacement is found.

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After 35 years of service in Berkeley Police Department, Andrew Greenwood announced his retirement as police chief Thursday.

Chosen to be acting chief of police in September 2016 and appointed as permanent chief of police in April 2017, Greenwood will step down effective March 12, according to a memo from Berkeley city manager Dee Williams-Ridley. BPD captain Jen Louis will serve as interim chief while the city works with community members in the search for a permanent replacement, the memo added.

“Chief Greenwood is a steady leader in every way, leading with integrity, heart and sound judgement,” Williams-Ridley said in the memo. “I am proud of his service to the Berkeley community. His care, compassion and thoughtful leadership for our community, peers and elected officials is commendable.”

Greenwood played a key role in the passage of multiple legislative measures during his time as police chief, according to the memo, including the use of body cameras and the release of various records, videos and racial identity and profiling data.

The memo also noted Greenwood’s efforts to increase community outreach and participation in town hall discussions, as well as his work in addressing BPD’s recent issues with low staffing.

Louis, a longtime Bay Area resident, joined BPD in 1999 as an officer and currently serves as commander of the Support Services Division. In addition to prior experience in contract negotiations and labor relations, Louis led BPD’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the memo added.

“I want to also congratulate Interim Chief Jennifer Louis on her promotion,” said Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín in a tweet. “I thank her for stepping in and leading this department at an important time and I look forward to working with her and the staff of BPD as we continue our work toward improving community safety.”

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