The Chief Is In (for Now)

With homicide cases going unsolved and morale in the police department sinking, Heather Fong's days as chief may be numbered.

Its slew of studies, having to do with everything from recruitment and training to staffing and operations, is expected to wrap up in the coming months as the prelude for an expected overhaul of the department, with the mayor, the supervisors, and the Police Commission all playing roles in shaping changes.

Fong's detractors are already speculating that any such overhaul will include a change of chiefs. Although not predicting it, even Theresa Sparks, the Police Commission president and Fong supporter, suggests that "if there is a correct time for this chief to be replaced or to retire," it will likely be in the aftermath of the consulting firm's recommendations.

As for Fong, Sparks says, "I know she's getting tired of all the politics. It's taking a toll on her."

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