Gascón promotes LAPD colleague, shakes up crime lab 

It didn’t take long for police Chief George Gascón to promote his former colleague at the Los Angeles Police Department to a new position at the SFPD.

Jeff Godown, formerly a commander, will take over as an assistant chief at the Department and take over the Administration Services Bureau. Godown will take over the investigation of the Department’s crime lab.

Former Assistant Chief Jim Lynch, a longtime friend of police Chief Heather Fong, retired this week after 31 years in the Department. His position paid $287,818.50 in regular salary and benefits last year, according to the controller’s office.

Other officers were reassigned in the wake of alleged wrongdoing at the crime lab. Captain David Lazar of Ingleside Station and Lt. Douglas McEachern will be transferred to the crime lab for 90-180 days.

“These moves, which take effect Friday, March 19th, are in no way punitive or conclusory and have been implemented to enhance the transparency of the investigation,” read a press release from the department.

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