San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is scheduled to appear in San Francisco Superior Court Monday for sentencing in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident involving his wife.
Mirkarimi, 50, pleaded guilty on March 12 to one count of misdemeanor false imprisonment. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop three other charges stemming from a Dec. 31 incident in which he allegedly grabbed his wife’s arm during an argument.
Mirkarimi is expected to be sentenced to three years’ probation, 52 weeks of domestic violence classes, 100 hours of community service and a $400 domestic violence fine. He will be required to attend family counseling, prosecutors said.
Domestic violence advocates and others have called for Mirkarimi’s resignation, but he has said he does not intend to step down. Mayor Ed Lee has said he is consulting with the City Attorney’s office and weighing whether to attempt to remove Mirkarimi from office.
Under the City Charter, the mayor has the option to suspend the sheriff for official misconduct. The charges would be considered at a hearing of the city’s Ethics Commission, which would then make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.
Nine of 11 supervisors would have to approve the charges for Mirkarimi to be removed from office.
Sara Gaiser, Bay City News