Just as Mayor Gavin Newsom jump starts efforts to get the hell out of San Francisco, Police Chief Heather Fong announced her retirement. The big news came on Saturday on the Newsom's All-Star Cabaret Variety Hour, or whatever it's called, when Fong, 52, after five years on the job and seeing San Francisco's homicide rate reach 13-year high, said it's time to move on.
While Fong has been criticized for not doing much during her tenure --- e.g., Videogate,
Fajitagate, and, um, murdergate -- she was the first Asian American woman in the country to lead a major city's police department, San Francisco's first ever female police chief, and was a cop with SF for 32 years.
Up next? Her replacement. According to Newsom spokesbuddy Nathan Ballard, "We are looking for the complete package in the next police chief ... A commitment to continuing the path of reform that Chief Fong has initiated, operational experience and respect of the rank and file." According to the Examiner, a few suggested replacement candidates "would be Northern Station Captain Al Casciato, Taraval Station Capt. Paul Chignell ... Mission Station Capt. Stephen Tacchini ... [and] former SFPD captain and current San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer."