Kamala Harris hires former San Francisco police union boss Chris Cunnie as advisor 

After wearing many hats for the City of San Francisco, former Police Officers Association President Chris Cunnie has landed a job in the administration of Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Cunnie will serve as a “special advisor for labor and law enforcement” to Harris, according to a press release. Cunnie spent 17 years as a patrol officer with the Police Department. He was the police union boss between 1996 and 2004, was chief of investigations for the District Attorney’s Office, and served as director of the San Francisco Emergency Communications Department before becoming undersheriff for Michael Hennessey.

Given Cunnie’s law enforcement background, many expected the veteran to run for sheriff after Hennessey hired him as his number two. That would have put a significant damper on Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s bid for the job, who announced his candidacy briefly after Hennessey said he would retire at the end of the year.

But despite all the prognosticating, there was never even a peep from Cunnie that he would run.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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