Ross_Mirkarimi.jpgSan Francisco sheriff-elect Ross Mirkarimi will be attending his last meeting as a member of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Mirkarimi served on the board for seven years before being elected last month as San Francisco’s new sheriff. He will be sworn in next month, replacing outgoing Sheriff Michael Hennessey, who is retiring after 32 years in the post.

On the agenda for Tuesday, the last full board meeting before the December holiday recess, is a resolution honoring Mirkarimi for his service as supervisor and congratulating him on his new position.

The supervisors said in the resolution that Mirkarimi was “an effective and prolific legislator,” being the primary sponsor of more than 125 ordinances that were passed, as well as successfully co-sponsoring more than 150 others and passing over 300 resolutions during his seven years on the board.

Among his notable pieces of legislation was the ban of the use of plastic bags in supermarkets and chain store pharmacies–the first ban of its kind in the nation. The board is currently considering whether to expand the ban and also institute a checkout bag fee.

“Supervisor Mirkarimi was never afraid to challenge the status quo to improve the lives of every day people,” the supervisors said in the resolution.

Once Mirkarimi takes office as sheriff, Mayor Ed Lee will be tasked with filling the open seat as supervisor of District 5, which includes the city’s Haight-Ashbury, Western Addition, Hayes Valley and Fillmore District neighborhoods.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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