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San Francisco Sheriff Announces Retirement

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San Francisco Sherriff Michael Hennessey (Photo courtesy San Franicisco Chronicle)

San Francisco Sherriff Michael Hennessey (Photo courtesy San Franicisco Chronicle)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — San Francisco’s sheriff is retiring after 31 years on the job.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Michael Hennessey told staff in a memo on Friday that he will not seek reelection this November. Hennessey has been elected to serve as sheriff eight times.

He oversees a staff of nearly 1,000 employees, who run San Francisco’s jails and provide security in the county courts and at City Hall.

Hennessey has gained national attention for his opposition to a federal program that automatically checks the fingerprints of detained immigrants against databases to determine whether they are in the country illegally or have committed crimes.

Hennessey said San Francisco’s participation could violate the city’s sanctuary protections for illegal immigrants.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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