Four vying for vacant Police Commission seat

Four people are vying for the empty San Francisco Police Commission seat vacated last month by Victor Hwang, who was elected in November to serve as a Superior Court judge.

A Rules Committee hearing is scheduled Thursday to discuss the matter. The committee must nominate one of the four applicants to forward to the Board of Supervisors for consideration on Dec. 13.

The applicants include lawyers, a lifelong San Franciscan and a former diplomat.

Robert Hirsch has been a labor arbiter and mediator since 2005. From 1994 to 2005, he was general counsel for McMorgan & Company, an investment firm. He has also taught at a number of universities. He raised his two children in San Francisco.

John Hamasaki is a criminal defense attorney with his own practice and has a history of representing clients who have faced criminal charges because of political protest. He is from Miami but has lived in San Francisco for 22 years and is raising his two children here.

Julie Soo has been a staff attorney for the California Department of Insurance since 2001 where she prosecutes enforcement cases. She previously worked as a journalist for AsiaWeek. She is a native San Franciscan.

Michael Young, who ran for supervisor in District 7 in November, works as a Realtor and was previously a diplomat in the Foreign Service from 2003-13. He was also in the Army Reserve from 2001-11 and worked in the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Policy from 2001-03. He is also a San Francisco native.

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