One of the Baltimore Police Department's top commanders has reversed his decision to retire after meeting with the new commissioner-designate Anthony Batts, officials say.
Col. Jesse Oden, a 33-year veteran who oversees criminal investigations, filed paperwork to retire last week. Along with the absence of Acting Commissioner Anthony Barksdale, who is out "indefinitely" on medical leave, Batts was facing a transition without two of the agency's top four commanders.
Officials now say Oden has rescinded his retirement. "Col. Oden met this morning with Commissioner Batts, who laid out his vision," said Anthony Guglielmi, the police department's chief spokesman. "Col. Oden was inspired and wanted to be part of Commissioner Batts' plan to make Baltimore safer."
It's not clear whether Oden will take on a more prominent role. Batts is still evaluating the command staff, after having required top officials to re-apply for their jobs and write essays.