San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy has announced she will not run for reelection. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF Sheriff Vicki Hennessy decides against running for re-election

This will be the first election since 2011 in which an incumbent will not be in the sheriff race

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy will not run for re-election in November.

Hennessy, the first woman elected as sheriff in San Francisco history, said Thursday she plans to step down in January 2020 to focus on family after undergoing surgery earlier this year and losing her husband last year.

The San Francisco Examiner reported in January that Hennessy was on the fence about running for reelection.

“I am grateful for everyone’s support, professionalism and commitment throughout my career and during my tenure as sheriff – especially to my dedicated sworn and non-sworn staff,” Hennessy said in a statement.

Hennessy, a 44-year department veteran, has served as sheriff since 2016. Her announcement means an incumbent will not be in the sheriff race for the first time since 2011, when Michael Hennessey retired after serving as sheriff for more than three decades and voters elected Ross Mirkarimi.

Hennessy defeated Mirkarimi in 2015.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Paul Miyamoto previously told the Examiner he planned to run in November if Hennessy decided to retire. Miyamoto and Hennessy are political allies.

Candidates have until August to enter the race.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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