San Francisco Sheriff 1952-1956
Dan Gallagher was born Sept. 6, 1896, in the City of San Francisco. He served as Supervisor prior to becoming Sheriff. He was praised for his jail reforms, and he worked to pass legislation that would grant higher pay to women employees. He also worked out a program for prisoners to earn time off their sentences for work performed in various programs. It was under his term of office that the current seven pointed star used to identify Deputy Sheriff's was introduced (3/14/53). He died in office May 6, 1956, and was succeeded by Acting Sheriff John P. Figone, who was appointed as interim Sheriff pending appointment of a permanent Sheriff by the Mayor.