Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Monday, May 2, 2011

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

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 2:11 PM

click to enlarge Chief Greg Suhr needs no assistants. Deputies, however...
  • 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.

Follow us on Twitter at @SFWeekly and @TheSnitchSF

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , ,

About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"