Outside counsel selected for interim mayor vote

Should Mayor Gavin Newsom win the November election for the state office of Lieutenant Governor, the Board of Supervisors will be faced with the task of selecting San Francisco’s interim mayor.

Ordinarily, the board would rely on the legal advice from the City Attorney’s Office to help them with the process, but City Attorney Dennis Herrera is running for mayor and has sent a memo saying the board needs outside counsel for this matter, among others.

On Tuesday, the board voted 10-1 to approve the use of Santa Clara Counsel Miguel Marquez to advise them on their interim mayor decisions, the man Herrera had recommended for the job.

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier objected.

She said Marquez “is very qualified for the position, but he did work for the city attorney in the past. There are ties to the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. I just feel for the sake of appearances, frankly most importantly, that we should be picking someone who has no direct ties to the city attorney himself because this is the job specifically for mayoral succession. I will be voting against this today.”

She added: “There should be no tie to the City Attorney’s Office at all.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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