Mayor Ed Lee wants to give Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi the weekend to think about whether or not he can still do his job while he faces criminal charges.
A media maelstrom has remained steadily focused on Mirkarimi and his wife after the sheriff was charged with three misdemeanors stemming from an alleged abuse incident at the couple’s home on New Year’s Eve.
Lee returned from the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., after midnight Friday, just hours after Mirkarimi was arraigned on the charges.
“The mayor wanted to ask the basic question ‘Can the sheriff do his job?’” said Christine Falvey, a spokeswoman for Lee. “The mayor said that’s a question the sheriff needs to ask himself … He’d like to give the sheriff an opportunity to ask himself that question.”
Falvey said the mayor wants the smooth operation of the Sheriff’s Department to take precedence above the debacle. Lee is taking the weekend to think about the major aspects of the case, she said.