Police Commission President Suzy Loftus. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Police Commissioner says federal report factors into SF chief search

The San Francisco Police Commission did not come to a decision Wednesday night on its finalist selections in the ongoing search for The City’s next police chief.

But it did narrow the field, which hovered around 11 before the meeting.

The commission’s agenda indicated the it could have voted on the final candidates that will be forwarded to Mayor Ed Lee, but now the process is expected last at least another week, if not longer.

“We received the over 400 page DOJ report and are factoring that into the process in identifying the best candidates to advance to the Mayor,” said Commission President Suzy Loftus. “That will take some time to ensure we give the report the proper weight in the selection process. As such, we haven’t advanced any names to the Mayor yet.”

The delay came on the same day as the federal Department of Jusitice’s harsh review of the San Francisco Police Department that identified problems in recruiting, transparency and bias, among other things.

The collaborative review by the federal Community Oriented Policing Services was called for by Mayor Lee in January and will be front and center for whomever becomes The City’s next chief.

In fact, COPS head Ronald Davis said at a Wednesday news conference that the assessment should act as a roadmap for the department’s next leader.

Acting Chief Toney Chaplin said hopes he is that next leader and has put his hat in the ring to become the next chief.

The Mayor’s Office did not return a request for comment.

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