Nation's highest-paid cop is SF chief

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr's annual pay exceeds $300,000


By PoliceOne Staff

SAN FRANCISCO — With annual pay exceeding $300,000, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr is the highest-paid cop in the nation, according to city payroll records.

Over the course of the last fiscal year, Suhr took home a total of $321,477, a sum that — because of longevity pay given to officers with 27 years of service — was a $19,000 boost to his base salary of $302,577.

The number is higher than police chiefs' salaries in other big cities, The San Francisco Chronicle noted.

In Los Angeles, Police Chief Charlie Beck makes $307,291, and New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who works in the country’s highest populated city, earns $205,180.

Suhr told the paper that San Francisco has "one of the best-compensated police departments in the country, in one of the most expensive cities in the country."

He said he does not plan to negotiate the pay raise, which has angered some city officials.

"Over $300,000 for a police chief of a city less than a million people, that’s too much money,” City supervisor John Avalos told CBS. "It doesn't seem right."

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