Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi wrapped up interviewing 17 applicants from within the Sheriff’s Department last week for the No. 2 position in the office and is expected to make his selection “this week,” according to Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Susan Fahey.
Mirkarimi is going about his business as sheriff – he was sworn into the law enforcement post Jan. 8 -- despite fighting in San Francisco Superior Court three misdemeanor charges filed against him for an alleged New Year’s Eve domestic violence incident when he reportedly grabbed his wife’s arm so hard that he left a bruise.
The Sheriff’s Department is undergoing the largest leadership personnel changes it has seen in 32 years. Sheriff Michael Hennessey had served at that post for three decades and stepped down along with other high-ranking officials in the department.
After making the undersheriff selection, Mirkarimi is expected to begin filling up other posts, including assistant sheriff, his chief-of-staff and the legal counsel to the sheriff, along with the legal counsel’s assistant.