The San Francisco Police Commission is accepting applications for a new chief of police through Feb. 2. It hopes to have a new chief in place by April, which could give the potential candidate only eight months on the job.
The position opened this month when George Gascon accepted a move to district attorney after Kamala Harris was sworn in as state attorney general.
Gascon was hired by the commission 18 months ago.
The Police Commission is trying to fill a high-profile position in a shaky political climate because the position is at the whim of The City’s mayor.
The new chief must gamble his or her future as San Francisco’s political leaders continue to change.
That’s because The City is gearing up for a contentious mayoral race where a number of politicians are expected to compete for that position in the November election. Whoever is elected then could easily decide to fire the police chief chosen this spring if they don’t agree with the decision.
Police commissioners hope to get as many as three finalists for police chief to new Mayor Ed Lee by March 15.