SF police looking for input on new chief

February 19, 2009 1:21:36 PM PST
The San Francisco Police Commission tonight will host the first of six community meetings designed to gather input from the public about the search for the city's next police chief.

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Police Chief Heather Fong announced her retirement in December, and will step down this spring after five years as chief. Her last day on the job is expected to be May 1, police spokesman Lt. Neville Gittens said today.

The Police Commission is tasked with presenting a list of candidates to Mayor Gavin Newsom, from which Newsom will choose the chief, and has begun a nationwide search for Fong's replacement.

If no new chief has been hired by May 1, then an interim chief, possibly Assistant Police Chief Jim Lynch, would be appointed.

Tonight's meeting takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the South Beach Harbor Community Room, Pier 40A, behind AT&T Park.

Additional meetings, all beginning at 6 p.m., are planned Monday at the Richmond Recreation Center at 252 18th Ave.; Tuesday at the Southeast Community Center at 1800 Oakdale Ave.; Wednesday at St. Mary's Cathedral Center at 1111 Gough St.; March 3 at the Visitacion Valley Middle School Auditorium at 450 Raymond Ave.; and March 5 at the John O'Connell High School Auditorium at 2355 Folsom St.

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