SF DA George Gascon Resigns

KCBS Radio Afternoon News
October 03, 2019 - 5:32 pm
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (KCBS Radio) - San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has announced that he will resign from his office before his term concludes at the end of the year.

Gascón submitted a formal letter of resignation to San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Public Defender Mano Raju, Sheriff Vicki Hennessy and the full Board of Supervisors on Thursday afternoon. He plans to step down on Oct. 18, less than three weeks before voters choose his replacement in November. 

"It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as San Francisco’s District Attorney for the past nine years," wrote Gascon. "I am proud of the work we accomplished. I stand ready to assist the next District Attorney in any and every way."

Gascon has named his Chief of Staff, Cristine Soto DeBerry, to assume his duties. "The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is filled with incredible public servants that are dedicated to the safety and well-being of the community," he wrote. "I have no doubt that they will continue to ably serve the residents of our county."

Chief Assistant Sharon Woo and Chief Financial Officer Eugene Clendenin are also staying on until his successor is sworn in. 

Mayor Breed said in a statement, "People depend on the District Attorney to keep our residents and communities safe each and every day. We can't afford to have an absence of leadership in the DA's Office because victims of crime need to be represented and people who commit crimes in our city need to be held accountable.”

Gascon announced in 2018 that he would not seek re-election.