SF Sheriff-elect Ross Mirkarimi investigated for possible domestic violence 

click to enlarge Ross Mirkarimi will be inaugurated as San Francisco sheriff Sunday. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Ross Mirkarimi will be inaugurated as San Francisco sheriff Sunday.

Police are investigating a third-party report into a possible incident of domestic violence between Sheriff-elect Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, during the New Year’s weekend, according to law enforcement sources.

However, Jim Stearns, who ran Mirkarimi’s campaign for sheriff, released a statement Thursday night that Stearns said was from Mirkarimi’s wife.

“What is happening here is wrong,” the statement said. “I have absolutely no complaint against my husband. My husband has never been abusive to me. Ross and I are committed to our marriage, our son and our family.”

The report was made by a neighbor who allegedly witnessed the incident involving Mirkarimi and his wife, a Police Department source said.

The allegation comes days prior to Mirkarimi’s swearing-in as sheriff, one of The City’s top public safety positions.

Neither Mirkarimi nor his attorney responded to calls for comment Thursday night.

Mirkarimi, who has lived in The City for more than 25 years, was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2004 to serve District 5, which includes the Western Addition, Hayes Valley, Haight-Ashbury, Lower Pacific Heights and the Inner Sunset. He was re-elected in 2008.

Before becoming a supervisor, Mirkarimi worked for nine years as an investigator in the District Attorney’s Office.
Mirkarimi and his wife, who met in South America and live together in the Western Addition, had their first and only child together in 2009.

In November, Mirkarimi was elected as the new sheriff of San Francisco, taking the place of the retiring Michael Hennessey, who held the post for more than 30 years.

Mirkarimi’s swearing-in is scheduled for Sunday.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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