So, let’s get this straight.
Newly installed San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon is once again using officers from his former department to set himself up in his new digs. He employed this same unjustifiable technique when coming to Mesa from Los Angeles in 2006. Gascon calls the Mesa officers his “transition team.” The indefensible action was given cover by Mesa’s Interim Chief Vicki Myers, who passed the buck to the city manager, saying he approved the trips for the officers.
The daily reports that City Manager Chris Brady said he was skeptical when Myers first asked him to approve the arrangement, but “she convinced me this was in the best interest” of Mesa. “She looked at this as really a training opportunity,” Brady said.
The officers are being paid their usual salaries while setting up Gascon’s San Francisco media relations office and Compstat program.
If you can read the article while shaking your head in disbelief, here it is.
Then, try to envision the Page One headlines, oversized, full-color photos and castigating editorials that would accompany such a report if Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was the object of discussion.