New SFPD Chief Hails From Los Angeles - December 20, 2016 - SF Weekly
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New SFPD Chief Hails From Los Angeles

LAPD Deputy Chief Bill Scott is expected to be named the next police chief of San Francisco. (Photo: Jessica Christian)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has chosen a longtime Southern California cop as the next leader for the city’s Police Department.

Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief William Scott, who joined the department in 1989 and was promoted to the rank of deputy chief in 2014, is set to lead the San Francisco Police Department, reports the Examiner.

Scott has worked assignments in patrol, detectives and gangs, among others, and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing, according to the LAPD website. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

“I admire San Francisco’s proactive approach to reform in the wake of incidents in the last two years, and I look forward to continuing this work in partnership with Mayor Lee, the San Francisco Police Commission, the Police Officers Association and the community,” said Deputy Chief Bill Scott. “I bring experience leading through change within the LAPD and look forward to contributing that perspective to the ongoing reform efforts here in San Francisco. Above all else, it is my number one priority as incoming Chief to continue the critical work to keep San Francisco and all of its residents safe.”

Scott will be the second black police chief in San Francisco, and the third outside chief in the last 50 years.