San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee may ask Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to take a leave of absence while fighting misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident with his wife, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. “The sheriff has got to serve the people of San Francisco. I think the question for him now is whether he can do that with this distraction that’s going on, (these) very serious charges,” Lee said.
Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, deny any abuse occurred, and he has refused to step down. Prosecutors contend the couple’s 2-year-old son was present when Mirkarimi allegedly violently grabbed his wife during an argument on New Year’s Eve, bruising her arm. A judge has ordered Mirkarimi to stay away from his home, his wife and his child until the case is resolved.