Ross Mirkarimi, who is under fire over an allegation of domestic violence against his wife, was sworn in as sheriff of San Francisco Saturday night in a private ceremony, his campaign spokesman confirmed.
Private swearing-in ceremonies normally precede the public version, but both were thought to be planned for today.
Mirkarimi, the District 5 supervisor, who won an election in November, officially becomes sheriff at noon.
Angela Calvillo, clerk of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, performed the private swearing-in Saturday, according to Mirkarimi campaign spokesman Jim Stearns.
The timing of the Saturday event “was simply a matter of the scheduling of the people involved,” Stearns said.
Mirkarimi’s public swearing-in ceremony is still scheduled for 2 p.m. today, Stearns said. Former San Francisco mayor Art Agnos will perform that ceremony.
Superior Court Judge Katherine Feinstein had been scheduled to swear in Mirkarimi but bowed out.