Dumanis to Step Down


April 21, 2017 (San Diego) In a letter to the staff at the District Attorney’s office, Bonnie Dumanis announced her resignation, effective in July. The letter follows:

“As you know, I am not seeking re-election and therefore, my time as San Diego County District Attorney is coming to an end. Since I first announced my intentions to you in January, many of you have been asking about my future plans. As I have weighed that future, among the many things I have been encouraged to consider is a run for San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

To be clear, I have not decided if I will be a candidate or not. I believe my experience, and the critical role that the Board plays in public safety and policy issues, would make me an effective member. However, I do not want to create any conflict with, or distraction from the important work of the District Attorney’s Office. Therefore, I feel it’s appropriate for me to resign at this time as I explore my potential candidacy.

As you can imagine, having spent 30 years of my life in this office, this has been a difficult decision. I’ve spent 43 years in public life and it has been my honor to work on behalf of San Diegans rising from an entry-level Clerk Typist, to Investigative Assistant, Deputy District Attorney, Juvenile Court Referee, Municipal Court Judge, Superior Court Judge and elected District Attorney.

As I have considered the choices before me, I have decided my last day on the job will be Friday, July 7, 2017.

As you have heard me say many times before, serving as District Attorney has been an absolute privilege and one of the highest honors of my professional life. Working as DA alongside an incredibly talented group of professionals for nearly 15 years to deliver justice to the people of San Diego has been a richly rewarding experience. Each and every one of you has contributed to public safety in our County and collectively, your dedication continues to make this office among the best in the nation. Together, we have been leaders in change and a voice of justice for so many. I’m very proud of the unparalleled crime prevention and public outreach programs we’ve put in place and your unwavering commitment to supporting victims of crime.

Dumanis ran for mayor and was embroiled in the Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, where he gave money to both Dumanis and the now disgraced San Diego former Mayor Bob Filner. It is rumored that Azano wanted access to them in order to remake the skyline of the city.

Before this scandal, and Azano’s subsequent trial, and conviction, he was known as a kingmaker in Mexican politics.

Dumanis is exploring a run for the County Board of Supervisors, for the seat of termed-out Ron Roberts. One of the most controversial issued pursued by Dumanis during her tenure was seeking convictions for many young men from Lincoln Heights under the 182.5 legislation. Among them were Aaron Harvey and Brandon Duncan. This case reached national exposure due to Duncan being in court over rap lyrics. In the end, those charges were dropped by the court. 

However, not everybody was that lucky. Barbara Reid gave us an interview on her son’s experience with the criminal justice system. It also divided the community.


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