The SFSD History Research Project

Chronological List of San Francisco Sheriffs 1850-present

In the 166 year history of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department there have been 34 elected Sheriffs. From John Coffee Hays in 1850 to Vicki Hennessy in 2016.

At various times during that history there have also been interim appointments, made by the mayor of San Francisco (or the Board of Supervisors), due to absenses or deaths in office. In 1977 Sheriff Richard Hongisto left during his second term of office to become the police chief of Cleveland, Ohio. San Francisco Mayor George Moscone appointed Eugene Brown to complete Hongisto's term through 1979. Brown then ran for the office in the 1979 election and lost to Michael Hennessey.

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John Coffee Hays 1850-1852

Thomas P. Johnson 1852-1853

William H. Gorham 1853-1854

David Scannell 1855-1856

Charles Doane 1857-1861

John S. Ellis 1862-1864

Henry L. Davis 1864-1867

P. J. White   1868-1871

James Adams 1872-1873

William McKibbin 1874-1875

Matthew Nunan 1876-1879

Thomas Desmond 1880-1881

John Sedgwick 1882

Patrick Connolly 1883-1884

Peter Hopkins 1885-1886

William McMann 1887-1888

Charles S. Laumeister 1889-1892

John J. McDade 1893-1894

Richard I. Whelan 1895-1898

Henry Martin        1899

John Lackmann 1900-1904

Peter J. Curtis 1904-1906

Thomas F. O'Neil 1906-1908

Lawrence J. Dolan 1908-1910

Thomas F. Finn 1910-1911  1916-1927

Frederick Eggers 1912-1915

William J. Fitzgerald 1928-1935

Daniel C. Murphy 1936-1951

Daniel Gallagher 1952-1956

Matthew C. Carberry 1956-1972

Richard Hongisto 1972-1978

Eugene A. Brown 1978-1980

Michael Hennessey 1980-2012

Ross Mirkarimi 2012-2016

Vicki Hennessy 2016-present