Matt Gonzalez named chief attorney in San Francisco Public Defender's Office 

Matt Gonzalez, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors president turned mayoral hopeful turned Green Party vice presidential candidate, is taking on yet another role in The City:  Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s chief attorney.

After losing to Gavin Newsom in 2003 by 6 percentage points and finishing his Board of Supervisors term in 2005, Gonzalez spent the rest of the aughties working with law partner Whitney Leigh in a private, civil-rights law practice.

Now, Gonzalez and Adachi are joining to make a savvy political tandem. Adachi is expected to test the waters for the mayoral race in November and he continues to soldier forward on pension reform. Gonzalez was a backer of Proposition B on the November ballot, which was an Adachi-led pension reform measure.

Having a trusted ally taking care of business in the office can’t be a bad thing.

Gonzalez replaces Teresa Caffese, who left the office in December to pursue her own private practice. Gonzalez served as a deputy public defender between 1991 and 2001.

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