Police Chief Heather Fong’s announcement yesterday that she would retire from the force came as a surprise to most of us in the city. Five years ago she was appointed as the first woman to run San Francisco’s police force, and her appointment cheered many women who were happy to see female leaders stepping to the fore. She served quietly and without bluster despite the turmoil of city politics. Her leaving gives political junkies a lot to talk and speculate about but nothing can take away from the reality of her unblemished record for integrity and dignity. She has been a credit to the force and to the city. May she enjoy a happy and satisfying retirement.
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