52-year-old Captain Greg Suhr, a 30-year veteran of the force, will fill the position. He replaces Jeff Godown, who has been acting chief since George Gascón took over as district attorney in January.
Suhr’s most recent command was in the Bayview district and the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “homicides have dropped nearly 50 percent since he took over in October 2009.”
“I feel very good about this. It’s the best choice. We definitely have a leader,” Lee told the Chronicle.
While Suhr was the candidate with the most experience in the department, his history is not without controversy. The paper reports that he was one of the command staff members who was indicted in the infamous Fajitagate affair in 2003.
A judge dropped the indictments in the case, “in which three off-duty officers allegedly beat up two men for their Mexican takeout.”
Suhr’s job will not be easy as he has a looming budget deficit to deal with, which ultimately could result in laying off officers.
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