San Francisco DNA lab chief resigns

June 23, 2010 6:03:42 AM PDT
The manager of the San Francisco Police Department's backlogged DNA laboratory has resigned.

Assistant Chief Jeff Godown says civilian manager Matt Gabriel's DNA lab position will remain unfilled.

City officials are considering privatization of the DNA lab, which is part of the embattled police crime lab shaken by a scandal in its now shuttered drug testing operation. A former lab technician allegedly took cocaine evidence.

San Francisco Controller Ben Rosenfield has recommended permanently closing down the crime lab and outsourcing the testing conducted there.

Rosenfield says the city would save $15 million by outsourcing crime lab analysis.