SF still without top prosecutor 

Mayor Gavin Newsom has yet to select a top prosecutor to fill the post left vacated when Kamala Harris was sworn into office Monday afternoon as California’s first female attorney general.

An immediate announcement wasn’t expected, as Newsom’s office previously said a pick could come days after Harris is sworn in.

Newsom’s pick has the potential to change who the Board of Supervisors pick as interim mayor to serve out the remainder of Newsom’s term when he is sworn in by Jan. 10 as lieutenant governor.

Newsom could appoint current Board of Supervisors President David Chiu for District Attorney. Chiu is thought to be more interested in being interim mayor, but if the writing is on the wall that he can’t pull that off, he might go for the top prosecutor spot. If Newsom appoints Chiu as district attorney, then he’ll also get to appoint someone to fill Chiu’s seat vacated on the board.

Newsom’s spokesman Tony Winnicker said Tuesday that Newsom continues to consider candidates for the position.

Until the mayor names an interim or acting District Attorney and swears that individual into office, the duties fall to the chief assistant district attorney. That person is currently David Pfeifer, said Erica Terry Derryck, director of communications for the District Attorney’s Office.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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