As we mentioned yesterday, there’s a new sheriff (well, police chief) in town and he’s doing away with a locked office door and a potential $20,000 cost of living increase. It was speculated that Suhr’s refusal of a raise was a measure of solidarity with rank-and-file cops. Of course, having a massive deficit in SF doesn’t help things either.
Suhr is continuing to do his part in alleviating that debt. As SFWeekly reports, instead of having a assistant chiefs, he will now have deputy chiefs. He has three of them in Denise Schmitt, Thomas Shawyer, and Jeff Godown, who until Suhr’s appointment had been doing the job of chief.
With a deft change of language, however, Suhr is apparently saving SF upwards of $60,000 per year. Assistant chiefs make more: $269,776, compared to a deputy chief’s $235,664-$249,782 salary. For those of you playing along at home, Suhr is making $292,630.
Police officials are quick to point out that the title change and pay cut isn’t meant to reflect poor performance or as a reprimand of the
assistant chiefs three deputy chiefs.