06/17/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of George Gascón as San Francisco’s new Chief of Police. Gascón brings over 28 years of experience as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department where he focused on issues of police accountability, community policing, use of force, and COMPSTAT. Gascón currently serves as Police Chief of the Mesa, Arizona Police Department.
"After sitting down with Chief Gascón and discussing his vision for our police department, he was the obvious choice to succeed Chief Fong," said Mayor Newsom. "Chief Gascón has a keen understanding of the public safety issues facing San Francisco, whether its foot patrols, sanctuary city, or gang violence – and his extensive resume shows a great deal of experience dealing with those very same issues. I have no doubt that he will do a fine job and I look forward to him rolling up his sleeves and getting to work." Read more