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The salaries of the full-time police officers assigned to protect Mayor Gavin Newsom — from the Haight to City Hall, from Hawaii to Rhode Island — is somewhere between $1 and $72.9 million, the SF Appeal has learned.

Why the range? The hand-picked cops who act as Newsom’s bodyguard are part of the SFPD’s Investigations Detail, according to a police spokesperson. A quick look at the Department’s budget breakdown reveals Investigation’s budget to be $72.9 million (up 9 percent, or $6.2 million, from last years tally of $66.7 million).

Also part of the Investigations Bureau: the homicide detail, the burglary detail, the arson unit.

The financial impact of guarding Newsom’s body was a sticking point for Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi when the police department’s budget was scrutinized in committee hearings two weeks ago. Mirkarimi asked Chief Heather Fong and Fong’s second-in-command, Deputy Chief Kevin Cashman, to provide details in public. The two top cops promised to return to the committee, but then a backroom budget deal was brokered and there was never a second appearance.

Newsom some time ago derided Mirkarimi’s efforts to reveal to the public how much the city pays to protect its chief executive; Mirkarimi on Tuesday stood firm.
“If Sacramento can be transparent… if the Secret Service can be transparent, why not [San Francisco]?” he asked.

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  • Greg Dewar

    The mayor apparently feels a) he’s more important than President Obama, and b) has no need to be honest with the taxpayers who are paying for his campaigns with a bigger PR staff, MUNI work orders to pay for more staff, and SFPD money to pay for his “security.”

    Arnold 2.0. No accent, not as ugly, but the same old story. No worries, his sanctuary city policies won’t play so great out of the SF Bubble.

  • Greg Dewar

    The mayor apparently feels a) he’s more important than President Obama, and b) has no need to be honest with the taxpayers who are paying for his campaigns with a bigger PR staff, MUNI work orders to pay for more staff, and SFPD money to pay for his “security.”

    Arnold 2.0. No accent, not as ugly, but the same old story. No worries, his sanctuary city policies won’t play so great out of the SF Bubble.