The Berkeley City Council plans to vote Tuesday night to hire interim Police Chief Andrew Greenwood to fill the role permanently.
Unlike Oakland and San Francisco — which also recently hired new chiefs — Berkeley did not undergo a national search to find Greenwood, who has more than 30 years experience at Berkeley Police Department.
Greenwood has engaged with a wide range of community members and groups over the last six months, said City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley.
"His skills, experience and sense of commitment have demonstrated an ability to serve Berkeley according to its progressive, community-focused values," Williams-Ridley said in an email through a city spokesman.
Greenwood would replace Michael Meehan, who served as chief for about seven years before he retired abruptly last fall. While Meehan did not give a specific reason for his departure, there was a series of controversies during his leadership. A police staff survey also found low morale among police employees, according to Berkeleyside.