It took nearly eight months for city officials to select a permanent police chief after Greg Suhr was forced resign in May 2016, and he might not be sticking around. San Francisco Police Department Chief Bill Scott, who assumed the role in January 2017, is reportedly a finalist for the position of Chief of Police for the Los Angeles Police Department. The Los Angeles Times published an article Tuesday citing anonymous sources who claim Scott is one of three candidates being seriously considered for the job.
It’s not completely out of the blue. Scott is a 27-year veteran of LAPD, and the department wants an insider to lead the force. SFPD’s police officer’s union allegedly wanted the same thing, so when Scott was brought on board, he wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms.
In addition, SFPD is being heavily pressured by both citizens and the U.S. Department of Justice to enact 272 recommended reform measures created in the wake of a slew of fatal officer-involved shootings, leaked racist texts, and an underage sex-worker scandal that stretched all the way across the Bay.
SFPD has not yet confirmed the rumors, simply telling SF Weekly that “Chief Scott is focused on this city and its police department.” But the issue will soon be resolved: Current LAPD Chief Charlie Beck will officially step down June 27. Either way, if Scott is or isn’t selected, his desire to move on from his current job has been revealed.