Vicki Hennessy is the thirty-sixth Sheriff of the City and County of San Francisco and was elected to office in November 2015. As Sheriff, Vicki works to provide San Francisco experienced law enforcement leadership that serves with integrity and adheres to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct; is committed to social justice; and that will effectively partner with public safety, rehabilitation and victims' advocates to keep our City safe. Vicki Hennessy is a respected public safety leader, a mother, and a trailblazer.
Born and raised in San Francisco, she joined the Sheriff's Department in 1975 and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming the youngest Captain in California Law enforcement in 1983, and Chief Deputy in 1997.
Vicki professionalized the Sheriff's Department through developing standards, policies and procedures; increased training and developed security plans for elections and public buildings; and commanded the Emergency Services Unit of the Sheriff's Department, making them an integral part of the City's Homeland Security response. She served as interim Sheriff in 2012.
Vicki has received recognition for her service and leadership by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women for her leadership on the Women's Justice and Courage Project to protect victims of domestic violence, as well as numerous award