Photo of CSUEB alumnus Sean Whent being sworn in as interim Oakland Police Chief.

Sean Whent '92 is sworn in as interim Oakland Police Chief. (Photo: Sam Wolson,

CSUEB grads are top cops in Oakland and Walnut Creek

  • May 15, 2013 5:00am

Two Cal State East Bay alumni were tapped for top law enforcement positions in the East Bay.  Sean Whent '92, criminal justice, is the acting chief for the Oakland Police Department and Steve Skinner '94, master of public administration, has been appointed interim police chief for the city of Walnut Creek.

Whent most recently served as deputy chief and commander of the bureau of risk management which oversaw the training section, Internal Affairs division, Office of Inspector General, the criminalistics division and the personnel Assessment Unit.  “Although my appointment is interim, I pledge to own the role and assignment as if it were not...,” Whent said in an NBC Bay Area news report. “I have been part of the team that has worked with national experts in the fields of crime reduction and enforcement strategies to develop a hot-off-the press plan for tackling robberies, burglaries, and shootings. I am confident that we can implement the recommendations in that plan in short order.”

Skinner, a 25-year Walnut Creek police veteran, will serve until a new chief is in place. "I am very honored and excited to be given the opportunity to help transition our police department into the next generation of leadership, and I am looking forward to working with both members of our department and the community as we move the (department) into the future," Skinner said in an email to the Bay Area News Group.

Congrats to Chief Whent and Chief Skinner!


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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