William Scott will take over as San Francisco's police chief, replacing previous permanent chief Greg Suhr. Toney Chaplin had been serving as interim chief since May when Suhr resigned following a string of fatal officer-involved shootings in the city.
Scott started working in the Los Angeles Police Department in 1989 and was overseeing the department's South Bureau before his appointment by Lee.
The San Francisco Police Officers Association, which advocated for Chaplin remaining in the position as chief, issued a statement this morning from union president Martin Halloran about Scott's appointment.
"We look forward to meeting William Scott. We anticipate that he will tap into the tremendous talent of the men and women who make up the SFPD. The POA hopes to work closely with him as chief and we are committed to helping him move the department forward here in San Francisco," Halloran said.
New SFPD Chief William Scott faces hundreds of reform suggestions from Justice Dept. Says 'There is a lot of work to be done.' pic.twitter.com/5Nnf8Kfec9— Reggie Aqui (@reggieaqui) December 20, 2016
The new Chief flew into San Francisco last night and will be presented by Mayor Ed Lee at a presser today. pic.twitter.com/hzyJRpK455— Vic Lee (@vicleeabc7) December 20, 2016