Vicki Hennessy

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Vicki Hennessy
Sheriff of the City and County of San Francisco
Assumed office
January 8, 2016
MayorEd Lee
Mark Farrell
London Breed
Preceded byRoss Mirkarimi
In office
March 21, 2012[1] – October 9, 2012 (Interim)
MayorEd Lee
Preceded byRoss Mirkarimi
Succeeded byRoss Mirkarimi
Personal details
NationalityUnited States

Vicki Hennessy is the Sheriff of San Francisco and the city's first female sheriff.[2] She was appointed interim sheriff by Mayor Ed Lee pending an ethics investigation of the elected sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, who was charged with domestic violence battery and later agreed to a plea bargain in which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment.[3] She is not related to former San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey.

Hennessy is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of Lowell High School. Her husband is a retired San Francisco police officer. She is the mother of two grown children.[4]


In December 1975, Hennessy joined the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, reached the rank of captain in 1983 (becoming the youngest in California), and became chief deputy sheriff in 1997. In 2006, she became the Deputy Director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Services and Homeland Security, and from 2008 to 2011 she was San Francisco's Director of Emergency Management. She retired in 2011, but came out of retirement in 2012 to become interim sheriff during the six-month period in which Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was suspended.[3][5]

2015 campaign for Sheriff[edit]

On November 17, 2014, Hennessy announced that she would run for Sheriff of San Francisco.[6] In March 2015, she received the endorsement of the one hundred members of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Managers and Supervisors Association, 77 percent of whom voted to endorse Hennessy.[7] Hennessy defeated incumbent Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with 61 percent of the vote.[8]


  1. ^ Schreiber, Dan (March 21, 2012). "New sheriff takes office; old sheriff officially suspended". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  2. ^ Colliver, Victoria (March 21, 2012). "Vicki Hennessy to be 1st woman to serve as S.F. sheriff". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Mayor Lee Suspends Ross Mirkarimi & Appoints Law Enforcement Veteran Vicki Hennessy". Office of the Mayor. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Colliver, Victoria (May 1, 2013) "Vicki Hennessy to be 1st woman to serve as S.F. sheriff." SFGate. (Retrieved 11-17-2014.)
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  6. ^ Matier and Ross (November 17, 2014) "Mirkarimi faces challenge from domestic-violence case stand-in." SFGate. (Retrieved 11-17-2014.)
  7. ^ Barba, Michael (March 11, 2015) "SF Sheriff’s Department ranking members endorse Mirkarimi’s opponent." San Francisco Examiner. (Retrieved 3-11-2015).
  8. ^ Lamb, Johan (November 4, 2015) "Hennessy unseats Mirkarimi, returns as sheriff." San Francisco Examiner. (Retrieved 1-5-2016.)