After nine months, San Francisco's most readable political drama just might come to an end today, as the Board of Supervisors is set to vote on whether or not to boot Ross Mirkarimi from his post as county sheriff.
The sheriff-in-limbo could lose his job permanently if nine of the 11 city supervisors say so; the board is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. today for his hearing.
"I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up 7-to-4 to keep him or 11-0 to
remove him," University of San Francisco political scientist Corey Cook told the Washington Post. "We don't know what to expect. It's been such a roller
coaster that I can't even venture a guess."
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In August, the San Francisco Ethics Commission ruled 4-1 that Mirkarimi did in fact commit
official misconduct when he bruised his wife's arm during a New Year's Eve domestic dispute. The argument took place just a few weeks before Mirkarimi was sworn in as county sheriff.
On Jan. 13, Mirkarimi was arrested and charged with battery and child endangerment (since the argument took place in front of the couple's 3-year-old son, Theo). However, the DA dropped those charges when Mirkarimi later agreed to plead guilty to false imprisonment.
Since then, Mayor Ed Lee has been on a fierce campaign to oust the sheriff, starting with suspending him without pay. He asked Mirkarimi to resign, or prepared to be fired. And that's how we got to where we are today.
SF Weekly will be at the hearing, so come back here for your blow-by-blow of today's meeting.