The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will likely vote whether to oust San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office in the weeks leading up to the November election, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
This is tricky for at least the five supervisors who are up for reelection and might be compelled to vote in a way that would please voters, not necessarily their own consciences.
On Thursday, the Ethics Commission said Mirkarimi committed official misconduct when he bruised his wife’s arm during a New Year’s Eve argument. Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a false imprisonment misdemeanor. In March, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi without pay and sought his permanent removal.
Now Mirkarimi’s fate is in the hands of the supervisors, some of whom were his colleagues when he served as District 5′s supervisor, a position he held for seven years. Nine of the 11 supervisors must vote to remove Mirkarimi from office in order for him to lose his job.