Ross Mirkarimi denied backing of sheriff's deputies for election 

click to enlarge WELL-KNOWN SHERIFF CANDIDATE ROSS MIRKARIMI WAS DENIED THE BACKING OF THE SAN FRANCISCO DEPUTY SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO)
  • Well-known sheriff candidate Ross Mirkarimi was denied the backing of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. (Examiner file photo)

In a landslide vote, the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association has endorsed one of their own in the race for Sheriff this November, with just two members voting for well-known candidate San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, The San Francisco Examiner has learned.

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Capt. Paul Miyamoto, a 15-year veteran, is the 800-member sheriffs’ union official endorsement after a three days of voting that concluded at 4 p.m. Friday.

Miyamoto was the clear victor with 353 votes. Deputy Sheriff David Wong, past union president, received 11 votes, and Mirkarimi received two.

“This was a very large turnout for us,” said Don Wilson, president of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. “[Miyamoto] is a very popular guy in our department. We want one of our own to be sheriff. We want someone with experience.”

Mirkarimi has already picked up a big endorsement in race from Sheriff Michael Hennessey. His public safety experience includes working for about a decade as an investigator in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. He is also a graduate of the San Francisco Police Academy. As the District 5 supervisor, Mirkarimi has made public safety a focus. Hennessey is well-liked and has served at the post since 1980.

Wilson acknowledged that Miyamoto is “an unknown” in the political arena, but said the race should be about who has “actual experience” and not about “popularity.”

He said that Miyamoto has led various units of the department over the years, including investigations, SWAT and jail facilities and has played a “key role in implementing sheriff Hennessey’s strategies.”

While all the candidates are good, Wilson said, the one best prepared to lead the department into the future is Miyamoto.

“[Miyamoto] would make an awesome sheriff,” Wilson said.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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