Police Chief George Gascon will be The City’s next district attorney at least until an election in November, furthering a snowball effect of interim appointments.
Gascon has served as SFPD's chief since August 2009, after leaving his post as police chief of Mesa, Ariz. During his career in The City, he has pushed the use of Tasers and worked to overhaul a Police Department policy on disclosing misconduct during criminal trials.
The push for disclosure came after a drug lab technician admitted to stealing from the lab, which subsequently closed the facility.
Attorney General Kamala Harris vacated the district attorney position when she was sworn in Monday as state attorney general. Harris’ term would have ended in November, when Gascon would have to run in an election if he decides he wants to stay in the position.
It is considered Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom’s last interim appointment before he is sworn into office Monday.
He delayed the transition to influence the appointment of a new mayor. City Administrator Ed Lee was named interim mayor, a decision that came from the Board of Supervisors on Friday.
Now, the Police Department will need a new chief.
“We still have this vacuum,’’ said Supervisor John Avalos, who delayed the initial vote to elect Lee by three days – from Tuesday until Friday – because it all happened without prior notice. “It’s going to take a while for the dust to settle.”