Everyone’s got something to prove, especially new police chiefs. They all want to make their mark, and to set themselves apart from the previous person in the job. SFPD chief Greg Suhr is no exception, with fewer locked doors, a pay cut, and the prospect of far more criminals behind bars all in the cards for our newest top cop.
According to SF Sheriff Michael Hennessey, there is an increase in arrests and individuals jailed when a new police chief assumes the role.
“What I do know is that when Chief… GascÃ³n came to town, our jail population shot up by 400 people within 90 days because of new police initiatives and priorities,” Hennessey said at a recent budget hearing.
Will Suhr’s advent cause a similar spike? It’s too soon to tell, but we know one thing Suhr’s NOT locking up: his office. As Matier and Ross report, Suhr plans on leaving his office door unlocked at all times to make “everyone, including the general public…feel comfortable.” (I’m actually more comfortable with my doors locked, but I don’t carry a gun.)
Then again, maybe he doesn’t expect to have much to lose: the former captain of Bayview station is reportedly giving up his $20,000 cost-of-living increase and is prepared to take even less pay in the wake of the City’s $300 million deficit.
Suhr, Suhr, as a 4th generation San Franciscan, was making $186,000 annually as captain, and will be making $292,630 as chief.