Sheriff Vicki L. Hennessy

Vicki L. Hennessy

Born and raised in San Francisco, Hennessy joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1975, a member of the first recruit class that included women, communities of color and LGBT deputies. She rose quickly through the ranks to become the youngest Captain in California law enforcement, and then Chief Deputy. She was a member of the Sheriff’s Department’s executive management team for 25 years, serving in every division of the department.

In 2008, she was appointed Director of the Department of Emergency Management, where she directed citywide emergency planning as well as 911 dispatch for police, fire and medical emergency until 2011 when she retired. In 2012, she was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to serve as interim Sheriff for seven months. In a landslide victory, Hennessy won election by earning 61% of the vote.

Vicki Hennessy is the mother of two adult children and has been married for 39 years to her husband, Jim Hennessy, a retired San Francisco Police Department officer.

Undersheriff Matthew Freeman

Undersheriff Matthew Freeman

Matthew Freeman joined the Sheriff’s Department in January 1991. He has served in a multitude of department assignments, including Custody, the Courts, the Institutional Patrol Unit and Field Operations.

A member of the Emergency Services Unit for 24 years, Undersheriff Freeman has served as the Incident Commander and Mobile Field Force Platoon Leader in many emergency operation deployments in San Francisco, and in mutual aid response to other jurisdictions. He has received extensive training in emergency response planning and all-hazards events from member agencies of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium. He enjoys serving the Department as an instructor, and teaches advanced officer, supervisor and Emergency Services Unit training. Freeman has held each rank in the Sheriff’s Department. As Chief Deputy, he served as the Custody Operations Division Commander for five years. Freeman was promoted to Undersheriff in May of 2017.

Undersheriff Freeman was born, raised and attended school in San Francisco. He is married and has two daughters.