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SF Sheriff Suspended

Rachel Gordon and John Coté report in the SF Chron:

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee swore in an interim sheriff Wednesday afternoon after he suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office and charged him with official misconduct.

View the charging documents (PDF)

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Mirkarimi, 50, was sentenced Monday to three years probation for the false imprisonment of his wife, a misdemeanor charge to which he pleaded guilty last week in a plea bargain. He was accused of inflicting a bruise on his wife's arm when he grabbed her during a New Year's Eve argument in front of their 2-year-old son. At the time, Mirkarimi was a member of the Board of Supervisors.
In case you are wondering why one local government has a mayor and a sheriff, SF is a consolidated "city and county," the only one in California (so far).

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