September 18, 2013 · 8:00 AM
Ross Mirkarimi is the thirty-fifth Sheriff of the City and County of San Francisco and was elected to office in November 2011. Ross campaigned to expand the criminal justice reforms developed by his predecessor Sheriff Mike Hennessey during 32 years of progressive leadership. During his two terms on the Board of Supervisors, Ross championed public safety reforms, and worked closely with Sheriff Hennessey to modernize rehabilitation programming for violent offenders.
Before his election as Supervisor of District 5, Ross worked for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office for nine years, specializing in white collar and environmental crimes. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Police Academy and was class president. Ross holds an Advanced POST certificate and was certified in Advanced Forensics at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. Ross also holds an honorable discharge from the U.S. Naval Reserves.
Prior to his employment with San Francisco city government in late 1994, Ross worked as a policy and field analyst. Immediately following the first Persian Gulf War in 1991, Ross co-led the Harvard University International Study Team’s Gulf War assessment throughout Iraq and the Kurdish provinces. This comprehensive public health and environmental assessment of a war-torn civilian infrastructure was the largest of its kind in modern history and sanctioned by a number of nongovernmental organizations including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Their findings were published in periodicals throughout the world and peer review journals including the New England Journal of Medicine. He returned to Iraq for a follow up investigation in 1993.
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