Maxwell Pritt (Courtesy photo)

Third candidate applies for vacant Police Commission seat

San Francisco resident and corporate attorney Maxwell Pritt has thrown his hat into the ring against two other candidates vying to fill the vacant seat on the Police Commission.

Pritt will now face off against incumbent Petra DeJesus and union leader Olga Miranda, both of whom have been the focus of recent political wrangling and media scrutiny.

DeJesus, considered a progressive by political standards, has held her seat since 2005 and has, until recently, only faced moderate-backed Miranda’s attempt to unseat her.

All three could go before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Rules Committee on June 14, which when committee chair Supervisor Ahsha Safai has said he plans to schedule a hearing for the seat. The three-member committee will then send on its recommendation to the full board, which will ultimately choose the next commissioner.

Three of the seven-member civilian oversight body are board appointments. The rest are appointed by the mayor.

According to the State Bar of California, Pritt was admitted in 2007. He wrote in his application that he practices law at Boies Schiller Flexner, which, according to its website, has 14 offices across the country and one in London.

“I represent both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of areas, including complex commercial litigation, antitrust litigation, intellectual property, internal investigations, and cases involving constitutional and civil rights,” he wrote in his May 17 application.

Pritt, who also noted on his application that he has never attended a Police Commission meeting, did not return a call for comment.

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