Treasurer swearing in gives insight into job 

The well-attended event in City Hall’s grand Rotunda on Friday was the swearing-in ceremony for the department’s chief, José Cisneros, who was elected to his second full-term as The City’s chief banker and investment officer.

But Cisneros did not use the opportunity to detail what got him elected again, or what’s upcoming. Instead, he broke down what his office does since, “not a lot of people know,” and then lauded departments and staffers, a lot of them, that have helped him keep his job.

Mayor Gavin Newsom also gave a speech about Cisneros, since the man of the hour decided to give himself less than a minute.

Newsom particularly praised Cisneros for three programs he oversaw that help poverty-stricken residents, including Bank on San Francisco, Working Families Credit, and Payday Plus SF.

“He decided not to talk about the poverty, but to do something about it,” Newsom said.

The mayor also summoned a chuckle when noting that Cisneros would be Treasurer longer than he’ll remain mayor. Cisneros’ term lasts four years, and Newsom’s ends January 2012.

“But don’t forget me,” Newsom quipped.

Attendees included City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who was sworn-in for a third term Thursday, state Sen. Mark Leno, members of the Board of Supervisors and other city officials.

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