Police Commission Confirms Three Chief Hopefuls, Mayor Expected to Make Swift Choice

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Police Commission President Theresa Sparks announced Wednesday she had forwarded to the mayor the names of three finalists in the race to replace retiring police chief Heather Fong.

"My perception, and this is just a guess, that the process will now move very quickly," said Sparks, following a closed hearing in which the Commission voted to refer to the mayor three names, which are being kept secret. "The Commission spent 49 hours interviewing, meeting with community members. It's been a clean process."

Fong, who will retire when her successor is chosen, leaves a department some insiders say is demoralized by an aloof administration more concerned with internal politics and outside PR than actually solving crime. 

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