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S.F. sheriff says he won't resign, mayor moves to suspend him

March 20, 2012 |  6:57 pm

San Francisco Sheriff Ross MirkarimiSan Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said Tuesday that he would not resign and does not consider his recent conviction for falsely imprisoning his wife on New Year’s Eve as official misconduct.

"I explained and shared with Mayor [Edwin M.] Lee my thinking that I want to take full responsibility and I am doing so,” Mirkarimi said.

“I believe I am still able to be sheriff of San Francisco," he said. "At this time, I do not plan to resign. I do not believe the conduct I have taken responsibility for is official misconduct under the law."

On Monday, Mirkarimi was sentenced on the false imprisonment charge that stemmed from an argument with his wife.

The sheriff received three years’ probation, 100 hours of community service, 52 weeks of domestic violence classes and $590 in fines and court fees.

Mirkarimi entered a plea agreement on the eve of trial. In exchange, prosecutors dropped misdemeanor charges of domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness.

Mayor Lee said late Tuesday that he would move to suspend and remove Mirkarimi from office "for official misconduct."

"I have informed the sheriff he will be served charges tomorrow," Lee said during a packed news conference outside his City Hall offices.

"We must always be held to the highest legal and ethical standards," Lee said. "Sheriff Mirkarimi's actions and confession of guilt clearly fall below these standards of decency and good faith required of all public officials."


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-- Maria L. LaGanga in San Francisco

Photo: San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi at a news conference Tuesday. Credit: Associated Press