SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 08: San Francisco mayor Ed Lee looks on as he campaigns in Chinatown on November 8, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Candidates for San Francisco mayor are making one last push to encourage people to vote as San Franciscans head to the polls to vote for a new mayor, district attorney and sheriff. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mayor Ed Lee won't have to take the stand -- for himself.
Lee testified at the removal hearings for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and said that he had never discussed Mirkarimi's removal with members of the Board of Supervisors, and had not authorized any third parties to negotiate with Mirkarimi or associates for a resignation.
Shortly after Lee's testimony, Debra Walker, a city building commissioner said she'd been told by Supervisor Christina Olague that Lee had discussed the matter with her. Then, former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin said that on March 19, building magnate Walter Wong had approached him to offer a job for Mirkarimi on Ed Lee's behalf.
Olague denied any conversation with Lee. And Lee denied authorizing any third party negotiations.
Wong has not been found, and the Ethics Commission declined to issue subpoenas to hear testimony about the alleged perjury.
Mirkarimi has been out of a job since March. The Board of Supervisors will eventually decide if he should be permanently removed or reinstated.