I do not support more wasteful bureaucracy. My feelings are especially acute during a pandemic when the Sheriff's Office is being asked to do less with less and our City's recovery remains highly uncertain.
While I have not been a year in office, I believe I have built trust and confidence in my leadership for being inclusive, sensitive and responsive to many voices. We have worked with the Mayor, Board of Supervisor members, criminal justice partners and advocates on advancing reforms including the early closure of County Jail #4 which begins this month.
I have also worked to hold staff accountable for misconduct and unprofessional behavior. Sometimes these processes lead to challenges from those being held accountable, and allegations of treatment that will have to play out in arenas outside the workplace.
During a recent Board of Supervisors meeting, this department was celebrated as the leader among City’s public safety agencies for our long history of employing people from diverse backgrounds.
As a 24-year member of this department and the first Asian-American Sheriff in San Francisco history, I am proud to be part of this rich history and lead the Sheriff's Office during this pivotal time.