Vicki Hennessy, the first woman to lead the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, will step down in January 2020 after more than 40 years with the department. The decision follows a painful knee-replacement surgery as well as personal and family issues. Hennessy, 66, said she no longer has the time for the job.
Earlier this year, Hennessy’s deputies allegedly engaged in excessive force and misconduct in county jails. Mayor London Breed nonetheless called her a trailblazer in the department.