Multiple sources within the city have told SF Weekly that the Recreation and Parks Department in recent weeks has been taking steps to replace embattled Park Patrol Chief Marcus Santiago with a yet-unnamed retired police captain.
Santiago was the subject of a September SF Weekly cover story by Matt Smith. That article revealed that Santiago has been more than doubling his income via upward of $85,000 in yearly overtime pay, while also divvying up lucrative overtime assignments to a cadre of favorites. Santiago's department has been the target of whistleblower complaints, court actions, and even a federal investigation.
Straightforward questions put to Rec and Parks' spokeswoman, Connie Chan, were answered via an obfuscatory, legalistic morass.
Questions including "Does Marcus Santiago remain Park Patrol chief?" and "Is there someone else doing all or some of his duties?" elicited the following reply:
"While we intend to put in a place an additional layer of supervision for further accountability, we are facing limitation with budget and personnel resources, so our Park Patrol operation structure has remained the same as last fiscal year."