San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White is facing a new call for her removal following recent disclosures that her department has failed to complete hundreds of fire investigations over the past four years.
London Breed, a past Hayes-White critic and president of the city's Board of Supervisors, says that the chief should be held accountable for the department's shortcomings, including the backlog of 300 open fire investigations. The long delay in completing those inquiries has raised questions about staffing in the department's arson task force, which was reduced during the recession.
"Overall, I like the chief. I think she's a great person," Breed said in an interview. "I just don't necessarily agree that she's the best person to run the department."
Breed said if she were mayor, "I would hire a new chief."
The power to hire and fire the chief resides with the mayor and Fire Commission.