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* Greg Suhr is sworn in as new San Francisco police chief

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will swear in Greg Suhr as the city’s new police chief today, Police Commission President Thomas Mazzucco confirmed this morning.Suhr, the captain of the Police Department’s Bayview Station, was one of three finalists for the post nominated by the Police Commission, and Mazzucco said he is “very pleased” at the mayor’s pick.

“One thing that emerged clear as day, no matter what community we went into – Bayview, Sunset, Mission, Castro – people came forward and said Suhr has done it, he’s turned into the walking definition of community policing,” Mazzucco said. Mazzucco said that along with tremendous community support, Suhr also has the support of the rank-and-file of the Police Department.”I just got stopped by an officer saying thank you,” he said. “They want to work for someone that’s walked the walk.

“Suhr has had his share of drama within the department, though. While serving as deputy chief, he was briefly indicted in 2003 as part of an incident involving off-duty police officers that was dubbed “Fajita-gate” by the media, but was cleared of the charge the next year.In 2005, when he was deputy chief in charge of field operations, he was reassigned to a job overseeing homeland security at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission shortly after an incident in which a police officer was injured at an anarchist protest.

Heather Fong, who was police chief at that time, said the reassignment was not related to the protest. In 2009, Suhr was picked by then-Chief George Gascon to head the Bayview Station.Suhr will replace Jeff Godown, who had been serving as interim chief since January when Gascon was picked to take over as district attorney after Kamala Harris was elected the state’s attorney general.The mayor is scheduled to swear in Suhr at City Hall at 10 a.m. today.

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