Police Commission president Cindy Elias and Supervisor Ahsha Safai embrace in celebraton of Elias' reappointment. Photo taken Jan. 10, 2023 by Eleni Balakrishnan

The Board of Supervisors split 7-4 today on its reappointment of Cindy Elias to the San Francisco Police Commission.

Elias has served on the commission since 2018, and her colleagues recently voted for her to serve as the body’s president, but her early reappointment recently became a divisive topic at the Board.

The Police Commission is composed of four mayoral appointees and three board appointees; Board nominee Elias having improbably achieved the presidency seems to have irked the Mayor’s Office and has apparently complicated Elias’ reappointment, despite her qualifications.

In December, the Board approved a “motion of intent” to confirm Elias’ reappointment come January, with supervisors Rafael Mandelman, Matt Dorsey, and Catherine Stefani dissenting. After the 8-3 vote — and, notably, after Elias had left City Hall — Stefani launched into a diatribe against Elias, a move that several supervisors condemned as “unfair” and “gross.”

Supervisor Aaron Peskin last month came under fire for fast-tracking Elias’ reappointment. Peskin, incidentally, is now board president. New District 4 Supervisor Joel Engardio also weighed in today on Elias, and joined the push against her reappointment.

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REPORTER. Eleni is our reporter focused on policing in San Francisco. She first moved to the city on a whim nearly 10 years ago, and the Mission has become her home. Follow her on Twitter @miss_elenius.

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  1. I have to agree with Supervisor Matt Dorsey. I, too, appreciate Elias’ dedication and all her hard work over the years. I disagree with Elias’ opposition to buy-bust operations to arrest street level drug dealers. Does she walk the streets of San Francisco? Elias opposes arrests of drug dealers … and that’s where I draw the line.

  2. Follow the ‘Stairway to – political – Heaven’,

    They all want to be President.

    Not talking about ‘of the SF BOS’.

    Stefani’s in last term and she and every other carnivorous Political Animal in Town is surrounding the waterhole where the 80 year old Feinstein and Pelosi sip.

    Go Niners !