San Jose Hires New Police Chief

The beleaguered San Jose Police Department is getting a new boss. Deputy Police Chief Anthony Mata was selected by the City Council Tuesday.

Mata has worked for SJPD since 1996 and has served as deputy chief for the past four years. The choice of a department insider upset some civil rights advocates, given the large volume of controversies and scandals within the department in recent years.

Nevertheless, Jeff Moore, President of the San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP, told San Jose Spotlight that the new chief has his full confidence.

“He and I had met and had conversations before he went for chief. He always seemed to be frank and open and wanted to listen.”

Mayor Sam Liccardo also expressed his faith in Mata.

“Chief Mata's extensive experience, genuine passion for public service, and his dedication to SJPD will serve him and our city well in his new leadership role," Liccardo said in a statement.

Mata called the appointment the greatest honor of his professional life. He replaces Eddie Garcia, who stepped down in December and now heads the police department in Dallas.