cityhall3.jpgThe head of the San Francisco Arts Commission has submitted his resignation to Mayor Ed Lee, the mayor’s office said today.

Luis Cancel, who started as the commission’s director of cultural affairs in 2007, told Lee he wanted to return to his hometown of New York City, where he previously served as the head of that city’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

“I want to thank him for his leadership of the San Francisco Arts Commission over the last three-and-a-half years,” Lee said in a statement. “We wish him well and appreciate his work to increase awareness of the importance of the cultural sector to our city’s economy.”

Cancel’s resignation is effective this Friday.

The Arts Commission is tasked with selecting an interim director on Monday, and then will immediately commence a search for a permanent director, according to the mayor’s office.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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