San Francisco Police Capt. Greg Suhr, a 30-year police veteran whose roller-coaster career has included command of two of the city’s toughest station houses and an indictment for allegedly conspiring to obstruct justice, is Mayor Ed Lee pick to be police chief, says the San Francisco Chronicle. Suhr, 52, replaces Jeff Godown, who has been acting chief since early January when George Gascon moved over to become district attorney in the final hours of former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s administration.
Suhr’s most recent command was in the high-crime Bayview district, where homicides have dropped nearly 50 percent since he took over as station-house commander in October 2009. “I feel very good about this. It’s the best choice. We definitely have a leader,” said Lee, who repeatedly interviewed each of the three finalists sent to him by the Police Commission before making the call over the weekend. The other finalists were Cmdr. Daniel Mahoney, who had no experience running station houses, and an outsider whose name has not been revealed.