SHERIFF MICHAEL HENNESSEY faces Deputies’ Association President as challenger on November ballot

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David Wong

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The popular San Francisco Sheriff, long accustomed to running unopposed for that office, this year faces a challenger from deputy ranks.

David Wong, president of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputies Association since 2002, yesteday filed intention to run for Sheriff with the San Francisco Elections Department.

Wong alleged poor deputy morale over the past three years due working hours uncertainty, and need for expanded youth rehabilitative services offered by the department.

“Nobody knows what time they’re supposed to go home because they can easily get last minute hours,” Wong said.

Deputy morale “is very, very down” and began sinking three years ago due shifting work schedules caused by budget constraits, Wong added, a problem which goes unresolved, he said.

The 16-year Sherriff’s Department deputy stated he is in the process of detailing plans for both concerns which he will release at a later date.

The deputy association has not yet met to vote endorsement of either candidate.

As of today, only incumbent Sheriff Michael Hennessey and Wong have filed for the race.

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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