BART Police Chief announces retirement

BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey has resigned according to a BART memo posted by the East Bay Times. 

According to the memo, Chief Rainey will retire on Dec. 31, 2016.

Chief Rainey began his career in 1979 as a Deputy at the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. 

Chief Rainey joined BART in 2010 and was the leader of BART following the Oscar Grant shooting. He implemented reforms when he became chief, working to restore peace. 

In the interim, Deputy Chief Ben Fairow and Deputy Chief Jeff Jennings will both have opportunities to serve as acting chief, according to the memo. 

It's estimated it will take at least five months for find a permanent replacement for Chief Rainey. 

Meanwhile, San Francisco, Oakland, Petaluma and Sunnyvale police departments all have open chief positions available as well.