Interim Omaha Police Chief chosen; nationwide search for new chief to begin Tuesday

Mar 19, 2012

A 23-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department will serve as Interim Chief.

Mayor Jim Suttle’s office announced Monday that Deputy Police Chief David Baker is the new Interim Chief, as of March 31st. He’ll take over for Police Chief Alex Hayes, who is retiring March 30th.

Baker became a Deputy Chief four years ago. Prior to that, he was a Captain in both the southwest and northeast precincts. He’s also OPD’s executive bureau officer.

Mayor Suttle says there will be a nationwide search for a new Police Chief, which will include internal candidates. A decision on the new Police Chief will be made in June.