Hennessey announces candidacy for Sheriff
Seeks unprecedented eighth term
Sherrif Michael Hennessey today officially announced his candidacy
for re-election. Hennessey is San Francisco's and California's
longest serving elected sheriff.
From the campaign to re-elect Sheriff Michael
May 21, 2007
Sheriff Michael Henneseey announced today his candidacy for an
unprecedented eighth term in the November 6, 2007 election. He
is San Franciscos and Californias longest serving
elected Sheriff, and heads the nations twentieth largest
Sheriff s Department.
First elected in 1979, Sheriff Hennessey has presided over an
era of unprecedented innovation in the Sheriff s Department,
including developing award-winning rehabilitation programs, constructing
three modern jail facilities, and expanding deputy sheriffs
duties to include security at City Hall and San Francisco General
As Sheriff, Hennessey has received accolades for hiring law enforcements
most diverse staff. Over 70% of the deputized staff are women
and minorities. He has been named Law Enforcement News Man
of the Year for developing staff training regarding HIV issues.
During his tenure as Sheriff, Hennessey has consistently created
rehabilitation and recidivism-reduction programs unique in law
FIVE KEYS CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL. The only certified
charter high school in a jail or prison in America. Now in its
4th year, the high school has a daily attendance of over 200 students,
and has awarded high school diplomas to two graduating classes
EVICTION ASSISTANCE. Since 1980, tenants facing
eviction are contacted and offered social service assistance coordinated
by the Sheriff s Department.
RESOLVE TO STOP THE VIOLENCE PROGRAM (RSVP). This
groundbreaking anti violence counseling program received the Harvard
University Kennedy School of Government Innovations in Government
Award in 2002.
IN-CUSTODY DRUG TREATMENT. San Francisco county
jails have two unique substance abuse counseling programs, one
for women (SISTER) and one for men (Roads to Recovery).
THE GARDEN PROJECT/EARTH STEWARDS. An innovative
job-training program using organic gardening and landscaping skills
as a path to employment.
COMMUNITY ANTI-VIOLENCE COUNSELING. Created in
2006, The No Violence Alliance (NoVA) is a collaboration among
law enforcement and community non-profit organizations to provide
case management and services to violent offenders released from
jail or prison.