Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Gay SF police commissioner reappointed

Police Commissioner Julius Turman. Photo: Facebook

Police Commissioner Julius Turman. Photo: Facebook

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to reappoint gay police commissioner Julius Turman to his seat.

Turman, who’s an attorney and has served as the panel’s vice president for two years, said he’s “thrilled” about the 11 supervisors’ Tuesday, May 12 vote.

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “I’m ready to dig in and get started.”

Turman, who’s declined to share his age, was first appointed to the panel in 2011. His current term runs through April 2019.

He said his first priority in his new stint is “improving the community and police relations and certainly restoring certain levels of trust, and getting more of a community voice involved” in the police department.

He didn’t share specific plans, but said, “There are going to be several initiatives announced. Let’s take them one by one.”

Turman invited people to share their ideas either at the commission’s Wednesday meetings or through the panel’s website.

He thanked groups including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for the “tremendous amount of support” they provided to his bid for reappointment.

In a recent letter to the supervisors, Reverend Amos Brown, president of the local NAACP chapter, wrote that Turman, who’s black “is intelligent, hard-working and knowledgeable about the myriad issues” facing the police department, “which disproportionately impact the African American, Latin, and poor communities” of the city.

Jonathan Frank, 68, a retired fire department paramedic, had applied to take Turman’s seat, but he said in an interview that he “temporarily” withdrew his application Tuesday “because it all happened really quickly. I didn’t have any time to get letters of support.” The supervisors “didn’t know me from Adam,” Frank, who’s straight, said.

He said he plans to apply for a seat on the panel again.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, May 13, 2015 @ 11:42 am PST
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