SF Sheriff Sworn In Amid Domestic Violence Inquiry

By Salon Staff

Published January 8, 2012 8:09PM (EST)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's new sheriff has been sworn into office amid controversy over a domestic abuse investigation.

A spokesman for former supervisor Ross Mirkarimi says he took the oath of office during a private ceremony at City Hall Saturday night. Spokesman Jim Stearns says the event was previously planned for Sunday morning but was changed because of what he termed "scheduling issues."

A public swearing-in ceremony is still planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at the city's War Memorial Veterans Building.

Earlier, a San Francisco judge said she wouldn't administer the oath of office. Superior Court Judge Katherine Feinstein said in an email to the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/xbbi16 ) that she didn't want to create a potential future legal conflict, should a case involving Mirkarimi be brought to her court.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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