The Oakland City Council voted unanimously last night to award new Police Chief Anthony Batts a three-year contract at an annual salary of $255,000, according to the Trib. The eight-member council voted 7-0 for the deal; Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente was absent. The three-year pact means that Batts likely will be the city's police chief no matter who wins next year's mayoral election, because if he were to be fired by the next mayor, the city would have to pay him whatever it owed him under the contract. Mayor Ron Dellums and the council stipulated to the three-year deal as a way to attract a high-quality candidate to Oakland. Batts put together an impressive record as Long Beach's police chief.