Police Chief George Gascon confirmed to SF Weekly moments ago he will be sworn in as District Attorney at 2 p.m. today by Mayor Gavin Newsom.
The chief's name entered the mix late in the game, and after Supervisor David Chiu withdrew from consideration. Had Chiu accepted the position, it would have given Newsom the opportunity to appoint yet another moderate onto the Board of Supervisors.
Gascon -- who has a law degree and, for that matter, ran a car dealership, too -- will be taking over an office mired in scandal and with a reputation for underperformance.
As Newsom fulfills his longtime dream of getting out of local government, he has helped to drastically change the face of it on his way out. It is all but assured that Ed Lee will be unanimously approved by the supes as the next mayor and will be working with second-term Board President Chiu. Gascon is set to be the next DA, and, certainly, the "nationwide search" for his replacement will commence.
Lee, already facing unraveling union contracts, wavering commitments of federal and state dollars, and a hefty deficit, now has one more major task -- vet and hire the next police chief.