Lee ‘not asking anybody to leave’ yet 

What changes soon-to-be appointed mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee will make to the staffing of the Gavin Newsom mayoral administration he is inheriting remain unclear.

Hours before Tuesday’s appointment ceremony at the Board of Supervisors, Lee said, “I’m not asking anybody to leave at this time.”

“I’m going to ask everybody to report on what they are doing. How they feel they are doing. How it matches up to the programs we have committed to,” he said.

When pressed if he would serve out the approximate 10 month term with chief-of-staff Steve Kawa as his top advisor, Lee said, “I haven’t made any personnel decisions at all. I’m open to what people are doing. I will say this: Steve and I have been working together for over 10 years. In that work, you can’t but recognize the skills that he has.”

Kawa served as Newsom’s top advisor in the early years and the final years, and was also a top aide for former Mayor Willie Brown.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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