San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón said he had no idea when he walked into Mayor Gavin Newsom's office that he would be asked to take over as District Attorney. The same could probably be said for the rest of us. But Gascón was sworn in Sunday as San Francisco's first Latino district attorney, in what the San Francisco Chronicle calls Newsom's final act as mayor. (He will assume the post of state lieutenant governor on Monday.)
Gascon, a lawyer since 1996 with a degree from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton who has never prosecuted a case, will serve the last year in the term of new Attorney General Kamala Harris. Gascon said he plans to run to keep the job. Gascon was an assistant chief in the LAPD and top adviser to chief William Bratton when left in 2006 to become chief in Mesa, Arizona. He moved to the SFPD in 2009.
Photo of Gascon: San Francisco Chronicle/Paul Chinn