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San Francisco's First Female Sheriff Plans to Improve Ties in Criminal Justice System

November 05, 2015  | 

San Francisco's Sheriff-Elect Vicki Hennessy (Photo: Facebook)
San Francisco's Sheriff-Elect Vicki Hennessy (Photo: Facebook)

San Francisco elected its first female sheriff on Tuesday: Vicki Hennessy, a city native who pledged to work with the whole criminal justice system — including the police, the district attorney's office and federal immigration officials — to build better relationships, reports the New York Times.

Ms. Hennessy will succeed Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, whose four-year term was marked by personal scandals, confrontations with Mayor Edwin M. Lee, and — perhaps most dramatically — the release of an illegal immigrant in his jail who had several felonies and shot and killed tourist Kathryn Steinle after his release.

Ms. Hennessy, who was backed by the mayor, said she would take a more inclusive approach in working with federal immigration officials, reviewing on a "case-by-case basis" whether to notify them when an unauthorized immigrant with a criminal record was due for release.

Ms. Hennessy said she did not have a political agenda but wanted to bring a sense of calm back to the Sheriff's Department; many of Mr. Mirkarimi's deputies had campaigned for her and against him. She takes office in January.

"I was an executive and manager for 25 years," she said. "We are going to agree to disagree, but we will get things done together."

Comments (6)

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Tschako @ 11/5/2015 10:05 PM

Cooperation in San Francisco?? Might as well hope for cooperation with ISIS.

tedb @ 11/6/2015 9:05 AM

Glory be! Frisco has finally elected a Sheriff with common sense. I wonder how long she will last in the city of fruits, nuts and flakes? I hear her husband is also a cop, so she may have some luck in reforming that city. Unfortunately, SF restricts their Sheriff's Department to merely serving papers, running the jail and court security. I was a deputy in a contiguous county 40+ years ago and we got a lot of laterals from SFSO. I recall one incident where the sitting Sheriff, Richard HONGISTO, brought his girlfriend in for a tour of the jail and the desk deputy found a stash of MJ in her purse.

S.S. @ 11/6/2015 9:44 AM

Another puppet. Chief....sorry don't think so. Your responses to the questions that were asked of you. Were complete bullshit. Until you remove San Francisco from a non-sanctuary city. You're words mean "shit". Thanx b.t.w. for protecting your officers from your hypocricy.

KevCopAz @ 11/6/2015 11:54 AM

GREAT NEWS, Last Sheriff a Lib idiot. Hope she has some LEO sense and does the right thing and loses this sanctuary city crap.

Fed Cop 1 @ 11/10/2015 6:40 AM

She can say all those nice things, it's still a sanctuary city. They're not "unauthorized immigrants", they're ILLEGAL ALIENS. When you sneak in, without going through the proper channels, and break the immigration laws, that's illegal. I suspect we won't see any change to the current status quo.

[email protected] @ 11/10/2015 8:38 PM

I'm sorry, did I miss the description of her years in Law Enforcement? Her experience in the field? Anything connected to the Job? But it is SF. Blues, Stay Safe.

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