12 Apply to Serve as Interim District Attorney for Contra Costa County

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Twelve people have submitted applications to serve as the Interim District Attorney for Contra Costa County.   The Board of Supervisors will begin the next phase of the process by reviewing candidate materials at the August 1, 2017, regular public Board meeting.  The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m., and the agenda and supporting documents will be available online this Friday morning.

“We remain committed to an open and transparent process during the selection period of our next District Attorney,” said Supervisor Federal Glover, Chair of the Board of Supervisors.  “It is unfortunate the County is faced with this situation, but it important that the public have ample opportunity to provide input as we make this very important decision.”

The June 14 resignation of Mark Peterson from the position of District Attorney created a vacancy that will extend until the current term of office expires on January 7, 2019.  The next election for the District Attorney will take place in June of 2018, with a potential runoff election in November of 2018.

The twelve candidates are:

  • Diana Becton
  • David G. Brown
  • John Delgado
  • Danielle Douglas
  • Paul J. Graves
  • William H. Green
  • Thomas J. Kensok
  • Richard A. Madsen
  • Michael Martin Menesini
  • Brad J. Nix
  • Michael James Roemer
  • Patrick Vanier

You can view the application materials from each candidate online.

During the August 1, 2017, Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board will determine which candidates will be selected to continue in the process.  The County Administrator’s Office will be conducting background checks on those applicants.  The finalists will be invited to participate in a public forum to be held on August 15 at 6:00 p.m.  At the forum, a moderated discussion will take place, with questions solicited from the public in advance, as well as during the forum.  If you would like to offer a question, you can submit it online via the District Attorney recruitment section of our website.   On that site, you can also offer public comment to be submitted to the Board of Supervisors and entered into the public record.  The forum will be open to the public, televised live and streamed live online.  More details about the public forum will be available after the August 1st meeting.

Following the August 15th public forum, the Board of Supervisors will interview the final candidates at the September 12th public meeting; a decision could be made that day, or possibly at the following meeting on September 19, 2017.

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