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New San Francisco Police Chief Decision Still Weeks Away

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said Thursday that it would be at least a couple of weeks until he announces his pick for the city’s new police chief.

Lee was tasked with picking the department’s top cop in January after outgoing Mayor Gavin Newsom picked Chief George Gascon to take over the position of district attorney for Kamala Harris, who was elected the state’s attorney general.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Gascon’s second-in-command, Jeff Godown, was named interim chief. In March, the city’s Police Commission submitted three recommendations for the permanent position to Lee for consideration.

According to the city charter, the mayor can choose one of the commission’s recommendations or reject them all and start the process anew.

Lee, who spoke with reporters Thursday afternoon at an unrelated event outside the Ferry Building, said he has started interviewing the candidates, but still has follow-up interviews to do, and also wanted to meet with commission members to discuss the matter.

Lee and the commission have not released the names of the three candidates or whether Godown is one of them.

The mayor did say Thursday that he was “concerned about how certain things have occurred in the last month,” a reference to the release of several videos by the office of Public Defender Jeff Adachi that he said showed misconduct by police officers during drug busts around the city.

A total of 83 drug and robbery cases have been dismissed due to the videos, which appeared to reveal contradictions between police reports and what is seen in the footage.

“I want to make sure that we have plans for whoever is selected to be able to respond and correct those things that we’ve seen,” Lee said.

“I want to make sure this Police Department has absolutely no doubt in people’s minds that they’re doing the right thing,” he said.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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