Charles Gain

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Charles Gain
Born (1923-11-01) November 1, 1923 (age 93)
Hanford, California
Police career
Department San Francisco Police Department
Rank Chief (1975–1980)

Charles Gain (born November 1, 1923) is a retired police official, who served first as police chief for Oakland, Calif., then as chief in San Francisco in the 1970s. He was born in Hanford, California.[1]

In 1975, Gain was appointed to run the San Francisco Police Department by Mayor George Moscone and served 1975 to 1980. After Gain began implementing reforms, such as switching police cars from their traditional black and white paint scheme to baby blue,[2] the Police Officers Association held a no-confidence vote on him. After Moscone was assassinated in 1978, the union was influential in engineering Gain's replacement after the resulting White Night riots.


  1. ^ Turner Publishing Co (2005). Oakland Police Department: A Tradition of Excellence. Turner Publishing Company. p. 39. ISBN 9781596520646. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Mayor picks Arizona chief as S.F. top cop". Retrieved 2015-08-27.