SF sheriff voted out after killing of Cal Poly grad

November 4, 2015
Ross Mirkarimi

Ross Mirkarimi

Four months following the murder of Cal Poly grad Kathryn Steinle, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi lost his bid for reelection in a landslide. [SF Gate]

With all precincts reporting and most votes counted, former chief deputy sheriff Vicki Hennessy had tallied 61 percent of the vote. Mirkarimi received 33 percent, and a third candidate garnered 6 percent of the vote.

Mirkarimi became the city’s third incumbent sheriff to fail in a reelection bid in the last 60 years. His reelection campaign was tainted by several scandals, including the Steinle killing.

On July 1, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a seven-time felon who had been deported to Mexico five times, shot and killed Steinle as she was walking with her father on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Earlier in the year, the city sheriff’s department let Lopez-Sanchez out of jail despite receiving a detainer request from ICE.

San Francisco is a sanctuary city with a policy of not turning over inmates to ICE unless federal immigration officials have a warrant.

In March, Mirkarimi allegedly issued an order barring San Francisco jail workers from cooperating with immigration officials on detainer requests. Steinle’s parents are suing Mirkarimi, alleging the order contributed to the death of their daughter.

During the San Francisco sheriff’s race, the city’s policies toward illegal immigrants became a focal point of the campaign.

Hennessy won the endorsement of the county jail officers union, as well as San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and most politicians at City Hall. Hennessy raised significantly more money than Mirkarimi.

Mirkarimi, 54, became sheriff in 2012 after serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for eight years. Early in his term as sheriff, Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor false imprisonment charge, and Lee tried to remove him from office.

The conviction stemmed from a New Year’s Eve incident in 2011, in which Mirkarimi bruised his wife’s arm during an argument.

In recent months, Mirkarimi flunked a marksmanship test and had his driver’s license suspended for failing to report a minor car accident that involved a city vehicle. The failed marksmanship test prevents him from carrying a service weapon.

Mirkarimi’s political accomplishments include launching the Green Party in California and introducing the nation’s first plastic bag ban ordinance. Hennessy, 61, is a 32-year veteran of the sheriff’s department.


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10 Comments

  1. kayaknut says:

    Is it only me, but doesn’t seem odd a person can run for and be elected sheriff and not have any law enforcement background? Seems like that would be a requirement before being able to put your name on the ballot.

    (5) 7 Total Votes - 6 up - 1 down
    • SLOBIRD says:

      But, SF does not believe in enforcement of the law up to now so that was not a requirement. Only requirement for a political position in SF is Progressive Liberal and know where the bank is to deposit your bribe money!

      (3) 3 Total Votes - 3 up - 0 down
  2. Pelican1 says:

    Now, arrest him and charge him with accessory to murder.

    (25) 27 Total Votes - 26 up - 1 down
    • AmericaBeautiful says:

      Please go over to SFGate and write that comment for the readers. Good one.

      (10) 10 Total Votes - 10 up - 0 down
  3. Kaiser Bill says:

    SF also needs a new mayor to solve the bum problem. Human feces and open defecation on city streets occurs regularly up there, and not just in the Tenderloin.

    (19) 21 Total Votes - 20 up - 1 down
    • SLOBIRD says:

      Thank you for writing the obvious. I use to go to SF a couple of times a year, fun City back in the day, great plays, sites, Fisherman Wharf, etc. Now, panhandlers, homeless, gangs, one streets, no cars allowed and at a ridiculous price for that privilege. I have found safer, more beautiful places to take a getaway too!

      (3) 3 Total Votes - 3 up - 0 down
  4. Rambunctious says:

    I hope he didn’t get so angry that he went home and beat up his wife again.

    (17) 21 Total Votes - 19 up - 2 down
    • AmericaBeautiful says:

      Maybe it will get him put in jail, where he belongs.

      (9) 9 Total Votes - 9 up - 0 down
  5. TiaMiaOhMy says:

    Good! Now if only San Fran will be intelligent enough to GET RID of their idiotic Supervisors and City Council people who support the “Sanctuary City” concept! AND I hope the American people are smart enough too to look for leadership from people who are AGAINST sanctuary cities…how ridiculous. Then give me a city where I can go and I don’t have to PAY such much in taxes and I can get away with it since “I’m just trying to feed my family”…..grrrrr.

    (17) 19 Total Votes - 18 up - 1 down
  6. justbeware says:

    Heard this morning he lost the election.

    (43) 45 Total Votes - 44 up - 1 down

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