Greg Suhr, New Police Chief, Cuts Top Cops' Salaries

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Chief Greg Suhr needs no assistants. Deputies, however...
Newly minted Police Chief Greg Suhr comes with the reputation of being a cop's cop, and his first actions atop the SFPD fit the bill. He's pledged to keep his doors open and also voluntarily gave back a hefty cost-of-living increase (though he'll still take home upward of $290,000).

But Suhr isn't slicing just his own pay -- he also cut the salaries of his top brass. On Saturday, he did away with the "assistant chief" position, reclassifying it as "deputy chief." This is not a mere matter of semantics -- it figures to save some $60,000 or more yearly.

While an assistant chief drew $269,776, a deputy chief earns between $235,664 and $249,782.

Deputy Chiefs Denise Schmitt, Thomas Shawyer, and Jeff Godown -- the last of whom was acting chief after George Gascón was appointed DA -- have all had their paychecks lightened.

Police officials say this was not meant to be a reprimand or reflection on anyone's performance, but is simply a cost-saving measure.

It's also more than a little symbolic -- inasmuch as tens of thousands of dollars can be symbolic.

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unknown
unknown

he knows nothing that is why he is chief

Csullivan
Csullivan

Ok this is a Chief who was demoted twice, had his salary cut twice once all the way down to $175,000 and should have been fired and in jail from what his bio in the papers read! So why in the world is he Chief? Any outside is going to get blasted by EXSFER too bad that his mouth and his intellect is so low.

RobertSF
RobertSF

"While an assistant chief drew $269,776, a deputy chief earns between $235,664 and $249,782."===

The outrage is that those jobs pay so much in the first place. Even the lowest is more than $900 a day. What does a deputy chief do that could possibly be worth that amount of money?

Clyde
Clyde

well jump on a fire truck in SF and really get burned....extra pay for just driving please

Clyde

Bill
Bill

damn the suit and tie thing is gone it seems

Clyde
Clyde

careful people you'll see Chief Greg Suhr on your block any day now.....he'll not wear a suit he'll wear his uniform which he earned so proudly....

Clyde

Janet
Janet

wow can't wait Clyde but i've seen him live in the bay-view but others should meet him as well

Clyde
Clyde

ok everyone jumps on Jeff anyone said a word about Lt NG and her lover Sgt type in Mission on overtime abuse......pink cards what was the end result of that anyway???

Clyde

Clyde
Clyde

damn what a man Greg is the true cop.........Thanks police commission and Mayor Lee yep we've really got a TOP COP NOW

Clyde

exsfer
exsfer

Get rid of Godown and a little more money will be saved. Besides, he's useless and doesn't know a whole heck of alot about being in a "command position". Never mind that he was only a detective in LA.

Clyde
Clyde

well Jeff is Jeff left to hang after Gascon jumped Ship.....and added the DNA lab that SFPD said was fixed is still broke.....bite them Jim Hammer police commision

Clyde

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