27 Nov '12, 5pm

SF Police Chief Greg Suhr earns more than any police chief in the nation. The strange thing is, nobody’s complaining.

SF Police Chief Greg Suhr earns more than any police chief in the nation. The strange thing is, nobody’s complaining.

IN THE MOVIE VERSION OF SFPD CHIEF Greg Suhr’s improbable career, the lead would go to Bruce Willis—a square-jawed, middle-aged white guy who makes up in swagger for what he lacks in hair. The city’s top cop looks like a throwback to the San Francisco that the ’60s forgot, but he sounds like a “closet social worker,” as his good friend, ex-supervisor Bevan Dufty, puts it—a combination that has made him that rarest of things in this ultra-left city: a police chief whom almost everyone seems to be rooting for. More than that, Suhr may be the most powerful chief in at least a generation. “It’s like only Nixon can go to China,” says Peter Keane, UC Hastings law professor, former chief assistant public defender and police commissioner, and frequent critic of the department. “He doesn’t have to watch his back with the old-boy network. So he can reach out and do the kinds of thin...

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