Sheriff 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 Carl S. Koehler
Undersheriff Koehler is a native San Franciscan and still resides in the City. He is a US Navy veteran, with four years in the submarine service during the Vietnam War. The Undersheriff has thirty-five years of law enforcement, correctional , and emergency management experience, including serving as a Deputy Sheriff with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department for twenty-nine years, retiring at the rank of Chief Deputy, and Chief of Police for the San Francisco Community College District Police Department
He holds a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Behavior (USF) and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (Golden Gate University). In addition, he is a California Command College graduate and possesses an Executive POST certificate. Over the course of his career, he developed and taught criminal justice/correctional classes at San Francisco State University for fifteen years. He is married with two children.