As members of the Board of Supervisors are looking to make cuts to restore funding to their priorities, the command staff of the Police Department came under scrutiny.
Police Chief George Gascón told the members of the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee Thursday that the new structure he setup was the best way to achieve the kind of reform he was looking to achieve.
“The risk that we run by not managing these functions properly could cost The City and the Police Department a great deal more than the very minor savings we would get by reducing one or two of the individuals in rank,” he said.
Gascón turned the one assistant chief command structure into a three assistant chief structure by bumping up two deputy chief positions to assistant chief positions, and one took a leadership role over administration and another over patrol. The cost of an assistant chief position is $272,328. A deputy chief position is $253,038.
The previous command structure he said was flawed.
“I believe that the structure that we had before was one that created certain silos and there was a wedge between sort of a number-two person and the chief and I wanted to move away from that,” he said. “I also wanted make sure there was some good cross-training of our top staff within the organization in case that we need to move people around.”