San Francisco Police Commission Chooses Three Candidates For Chief

The San Francisco Police Commission has chosen its three finalists for chief.

The commission has decided to keep the names confidential when it hands the list over to Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday morning.

A source confirmed to NBC Bay Area that Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin and Deputy Chief Denise Schmitt are on the list.

San Francisco Police Commission President Suzy Loftus would not speculate on the names. But she did speak with NBC Bay Area late Tuesday night.

“Well, you know I always tell my kids there are things within our control and things not but we all as commissioners have to be sure that we’re passing on names of people who can do what’s an incredibly difficult and important job," Loftus said. "It was an important and difficult discussion because there are great candidates, and there are a lot of people who want to be San Francisco’s chief and so the commission is advancing three great candidates and it will ultimately be up to the mayor.”

The department needs a permanent chief since former chief Greg Suhr resigned in May.

NBC Bay Area's Richard Faustino contributed to this report.

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