SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced that Los Angeles Deputy Chief William "Bill" Scott has been selected to run the troubled San Francisco police department.
Scott has been with the LAPD for more than 25 years. He was promoted to the rank of commander in 2012 and he's worked on patrol as a detective and also with the department's gang task force.
"I'm confident we've gained something unique in Deputy Chief Scott," said Lee, discussing how Scott has ushered in reforms at his department and will keep our streets safe.
Deputy Chief Scott arrived at the news conference with his wife and two sons. He was emotional as he introduced his family. Scott said he's originally from Alabama. He said he had always wanted to live in San Francisco and he remembers telling his wife it was at the top of his list. "It didn't work out that way immediately, and on our (29 year) anniversary we arrive in San Francisco to accept our job so it was really karma in the making."
Scott said he wasn't looking for a job, "but it's funny how God works... the opportunity came my way... it just felt right to me... so I am so excited to be a part of this. The police department is just a piece of the big picture, but it's an important piece and I don't take that lightly."
San Francisco has been without a permanent police chief, since Greg Suhr was forced to retire in May, following a series of deadly officer-involved shootings.
According to The Chronicle, San Francisco Police Commission gave Mayor Lee three finalists: Scott, current San Francisco Interim Chief Toney Chaplin, and San Francisco Deputy Police Chief Denise Schmidt.
Mayor Lee thanked Chaplin for taking the role Acting Chief Tony Chaplin took on. He said the police department is better off today because of Chaplin.
Mayor Lee said, he made his decision by deciding who had the best skill set and a proven ability to move the department forward.
Mayor Lee has previously said the new chief will be expected to implement the recommendations of a U.S. Department of Justice collaborative review that was launched under Suhr.
The result of that review was a report released last month that found racial disparities in traffic stops and searches, problems in the handling of use of force incidents and a lack of transparency around officer discipline cases, among many other issues.
Scott said the thing that attracted him to this opportunity is the fact that the organization recognizes there are challenges and there are changes that need to be implemented.
On Tuesday Martin Halloran, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, released the following statement:
"The POA was supportive of Interim Chief Tony Chaplin during the search process for a new chief. We look forward to meeting William Scott. We anticipate that he will tap into the tremendous talent of the men and women who make up the SFPD. The POA hopes to work closely with him as Chief and we are committed to helping him move the department forward here in San Francisco."