Fifteen Staffers Fired From San Francisco District Attorney's Office
Newly-appointed San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins is cleaning house. As SF Gate reports, she fired 15 staffers with the DA’s office on Friday. Jenkins called it a “difficult, but important” decision aimed at restoring public safety as well as “holding serious and repeat offenders accountable and implementing smart criminal justice reforms.” The move comes after a number of DA holdovers criticized Jenkins' first day on the job, with anonymous sources describing her initial meeting with staff as "insane."
All 15 terminated staffers were hired by the former district attorney Chesa Boudin and were loyal to his progressive vision of criminal justice. Some of them have spoken out in the media, calling the move a travesty that could paralyze the office.
The terminated staffers include Boudin’s chief of staff Kate Chatfield; Boudin’s communications and police director Rachel Marshall; Tal Klement, assistant chief of general crimes; Mikaela Rabinowitz, director of data, analytics and research; Arcelia Hurtado, who served as the DA’s representative on the city's Innocence Commission; and Lateef Gray, managing attorney of the independent investigations bureau, which handles investigations of police officers.
In addition to the reshuffling, Jenkins recused herself from a legal case involving Mayor London Breed’s brother last week. The convict is seeking a lighter prison sentence for armed robbery and involuntary manslaughter. Jenkins has asked the State Attorney General to take over the case.