San Francisco District Attorney's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation Form Task Force to Combat Corruption in San Francisco
News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2016
CONTACT: ALEX BASTIAN (415) 553-1931, MAX SZABO (415) 553-9089
SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FORM TASK FORCE TO COMBAT CORRUPTION IN SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson announced the formation of a criminal task force to target corruption in the City and County of San Francisco.
“San Franciscans deserve a clean government that works for the people, not public officials,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Public corruption is a cancer that must be rooted out and extinguished. It’s time for terms like good old boy and pay-to-play to be artifacts of our history, and this task force will work to ensure they are absent from our future.”
“When a public official sells his or her office- at any level- it erodes the public's confidence and trust in government,” said Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson. “That is why the FBI is committed to forming this task force. We will aggressively pursue this illegal activity and defend the people of San Francisco against corrupt behavior."
The criminal task force is called the San Francisco Public Corruption Task Force and it will be designed to combat public corruption in the City and County of San Francisco. When appropriate, the task force will partner with the San Francisco City Attorney's Office.
“I applaud District Attorney Gascón and the FBI for launching this important initiative to protect public integrity in San Francisco,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “Although the task force will focus on criminal wrongdoing, I’m proud of my office’s longstanding working relationship with prosecutors, and I’ll continue to offer my office’s civil and investigative resources to aid these worthy efforts. San Franciscans deserve certainty that their city’s officials, employees and contractors are serving them honestly and in full accordance with the law. This joint criminal task force will help provide that certainty, and I commend the District Attorney and FBI for their leadership in creating it.”
The task force goes into effect today.