SF sheriff’s union endorses Mirkarimi's opponent for sheriff 

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriff’s Association has “overwhelmingly” decided to endorse Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s opponent, retired Chief Deputy Vicki Hennessy, in the upcoming November sheriff election, Union President Eugene Cherbone announced Wednesday.

The endorsement by the 735-member union comes one month after the Sheriff’s Managers and Supervisors Association also chose to endorse Hennessy, who worked in San Francisco law enforcement for 36 years.

“We’ve lost confidence in the current leadership and have a tremendous amount of faith in Vicki Hennessy’s ability to raise morale and bring respect and integrity back to the Sheriffs’ Office,” Cherbone said in a statement.

The department came under public scrutiny since last month, when the Public Defender’s Office launched an investigation into an alleged fighting ring in the county jail where deputies were said to be betting on and training inmates.

Before the union’s decision, Cherbone told The San Francisco Examiner that he heard a number of sheriff’s deputies take issue with Mirkarimi’s history of alleged domestic abuse, saying “You can't just say, ‘Let’s forgive him.’”

Hennessy acted as interim sheriff in 2013 for six months during the allegations of spousal abuse against Mirkarimi.

Mirkarimi also lost the support of the Police Officer’s Association last month when they endorsed his opponent, Hennessy.

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