03/02/2011

SF captains unhappy at not getting interviews for chief position

"We can only interview so many people," said the president of the police commission. "This isn't a popularity contest"

By C.W. Nevius
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — To the surprise of no one, choosing a new police chief in San Francisco is turning contentious.

There was plenty of internal bickering when George Gascón, the first outsider to hold the post in decades, was appointed in 2009. Gascón silenced the critics with savvy public relations and innovative ideas. But now that's he's the district attorney, the process has begun again - with all the familiar gripes and complaints.

The issue this time is that some senior captains have been told they won't be interviewed. They won't speak publicly, but they are very unhappy.

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