March 19, 2012 – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle announced today that Deputy Chief David Baker will be the city’s interim Police Chief beginning March 31, 2012. Baker, a 23 year veteran of the Omaha Police Department (OPD), will assume the duties of Chief Alex Hayes who will retire at the end of the month.

“Deputy Chief Baker has worked closely with Alex Hayes and will be able to continue practices implemented by the Chief aimed at reducing crime in Omaha,” said Mayor Suttle. “As Acting Chief, Baker provides stability within the police department and for the community as a whole.”

Baker supports community policing and the technological changes made recently to track shooting incidents in Omaha. David Baker has served as Deputy Chief for more than 4 years. Prior to that, he served as Captain of both the Southwest and Northeast precincts. Baker is also the Executive Bureau Officer, making him second in command of OPD. In this capacity he is responsible for the Neighborhood Service Unit and for community outreach on behalf of the Police Department. As Deputy Chief, Baker has also been in charge of disciplinary standards for OPD.

The City will be conducting a nationwide search for Alex Hayes’ replacement, which will include candidates currently serving on the Omaha Police Force. The position will be posted tomorrow, March 20, 2012. Candidates will be screened in May, and the Mayor will make a final selection before the end of June.