Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao will not participate in police chief forum

 Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao will not participate in Thursday's police commission community forum to discuss the new list of police chief candidates.

In a letter addressed to Oakland Police Commission Chair Marsha Peterson on Wednesday, Thao declined the invitation, citing concerns that such a public setting could jeopardize finding the best candidates.

"A forum identifying candidates places those individuals at unnecessary risk with their current employers. It may also force Oakland to enter into a premature bidding war with an individual's current employer if they feel strongly about retaining them," the mayor wrote in the letter.

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