San Francisco Sheriff 1978-1979
Eugene Brown is a native San Franciscan who graduated from George Washington High School and attended the University of San Francisco, where he was a member of the famous 1956-68 Dons NCAA Championship basketball team, an All-American guard, and a member of the USF Hall of Fame. After college, he was a San Francisco deputy sheriff, police officer and investigator. He served in the Department of Justice and was the Civil Rights Director of the Western States Region of the Small Business Administration.
Sheriff Brown was appointed by Mayor George Moscone to replace Sheriff Hongisto when Sheriff Hongisto resigned. Although his short tenure was marked by a number of escapes. Sheriff Brown introduced many improvements to the Sheriff's Department, including an improved food delivery system for inmates, upgraded medical care and an improved fire prevention program.
Brown was defeated in his bid for election to the office by Michael Hennessey.