Supervisors choose City Administrator Edwin Lee for interim mayor
In the final session for the outgoing Board of Supervisors, City Administrator Edwin Lee was named interim mayor Friday on a 10-1 vote.
Outgoing Supervisor Chris Daly was the sole dissenter. Daly took issue with the sudden consideration of Lee when it was not apparent until Tuesday that he was interested in the office.
“As candidate Obama said articulately as anyone else, ‘we need change,’” Daly said. “And I think more than ever we need that kind of change. What we have before us today is not that kind of change. It will not address the fundamental injustices in San Francisco. It’s business as usual.”
The only other candidate considered was Sheriff Michael Hennessey, who was rejected by the board 9-2. Mirkarimi withdrew his nomination of former Mayor Art Agnos. Aaron Peskin, a former supervisor and chair of the city’s Democratic Party, declined his nomination.
The vote brought a coda to a two-month political drama that began when Newsom was elected as lieutenant governor in November. He was scheduled to take office in Sacramento on Jan. 3, but delayed it one week. Meanwhile, the supervisors’ discussion on who should serve the remaining year of Newsom’s term were continually delayed. Nominations were not taken until last Tuesday’s board meeting.
The vote for Lee will be formally ratified on next Tuesday’s meeting by the new board, after three new members are inaugurated Saturday at City Hall.
Newsom said he would take his oath as lieutenant governor Monday around 1 p.m., leaving the mayor’s office for Lee.
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