By: Brian Shields - Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:09:49 -0800
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says he would find it "extremely difficult" to work with suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi if Mirkarimi is able to get his job back.
Lee made the remarks Friday while testifying before the city's Ethics Commission. The five-member panel has convened a trial-like hearing to determine whether to recommend Mirkarimi's removal from office.
Lee cited Mirkarimi with misconduct and suspended him without pay in March, shortly after the sheriff pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment for bruising his wife's arm during a New Year's Eve dispute.
Lee testified that he suspended Mirkarimi because of the significance of the role of sheriff as one of the top law enforcement positions in the city.
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