The San Francisco board of supervisors votes Tuesday afternoon on whether to permanently remove Mirkarimi from office.
Update: Debate goes into the evening hours at San Francisco City Hall.
The months-long saga involving San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi could finally come to a head Tuesday.
San Francisco's board of supervisors is expected to vote on whether Mirkarimi should be permanently removed from office. Mirkarimi has been suspended as sheriff since March, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment stemming from a New Year's Eve argument with his wife, Eliana Lopez, a Venezuela-born soap opera star, in which he bruised her arm. After he plead guilty, Mayor Ed Lee took the unprecedented stop of suspending Mirkarimi without pay.
Mirkarimi was sentenced to three years of probation, fined $590 and ordered to undergo a year of counseling and parenting classes.
This summer, the city's Ethics Commission determined Mirkarimi was guilty of official misconduct, and recommended to the board that he be removed as sheriff. Nine of the 11 supervisors would have to agree in order to oust Mirkarimi.
The vote could go either way. While Mayor Ed Lee has said he wants Mirkarimi gone, Mirkarimi is a former city supervisor, and has plenty of support from friends.
Mirkarimi was elected sheriff in November after serving seven years as one of the city's more liberal supervisors.