It wasn’t a unanimous vote, but L. Julius Turman cleared the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee Thursday and is poised to become San Francisco’s newest member on the Police Commission.
Supervisor Jane Kim, chair of the committee, didn’t get her way. She backed applicant attorney David Waggoner for the post, who picked up some big-named supporters heading into Thursday’s hearing, the likes of two former presidents of the Board of Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Matt Gonzalez.
But Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Mark Farrell, the other two voting members on the committee, threw their support behind Turman, who was one of four applicants for the post.
The seat is occupied by Jim Hammer, who has opted not to apply to continue serving and is thought to be considering a run for San FranciscoDistrict Attorney.
“It was a very difficult decision for me because I was highly impressed by all the applicants today,” Kim said of her decision to back Waggoner.
Elsbarnd said Turman had the “broadest experience” including serving as a former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “He has the ability to serve the entire city, not particular parts of the city, particular groups within the city, but all parts of the city, and all factions within the city, and has proven he has the ability to work with all sides,” Elsbernd said.
The next step for Turman’s appointment is the full Board of Supervisors, which is expected to vote on the appointment on June 14. If the board approves of Turman, he will serve on the commission.