New San Francisco District Attorney Cleans House, Fires 15 Staffers And Announces New Hires
San Francisco’s new district attorney is cleaning house and just fired 15 woke staffers she inherited from her recalled predecessor. The Friday firings by Brooke Jenkins come almost two weeks after she was appointed district attorney by Mayor London Breed after the people booted the radical Chesa Boudin.
Jenkins said: “I promised the public that I would restore accountability and consequences to the criminal justice system while advancing smart reforms responsibly.
“I have full faith and confidence that these women will promote and protect public safety while delivering justice in all of its various forms,” she said of her new staff.
She continued: “Today, I made difficult, but important changes to my management team and staff that will help advance my vision to restore a sense of safety in San Francisco by holding serious and repeat offenders accountable and implementing smart criminal justice reforms.”
According to SFGate:
New San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins fired 15 people in her office on Friday, with one in particular prompting an outcry. It comes in the first week after Jenkins was appointed to her role by Mayor London Breed following the recall of Chesa Boudin.
Managing Attorney Arcelia Hurtado was the first member of the office to lose her job. She had served as the DA Office’s representative on the city’s Innocence Commission
The decision by Brooke Jenkins to fire Arcelia Hurtado is deeply concerning, especially given the promise she made just yesterday to allow the Innocence Commission to continue to function,” said University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon, the chair of the commission.
Other staffers let go included Kate Chatfield, Boudin’s chief of staff; Tal Klement, assistant chief of general crimes; Rachel Marshall, Boudin’s communications director and policy advisor; Mikaela Rabinowitz, director of data, analytics and research; and Lateef Gray, managing attorney of the independent investigations bureau.
Rachel Marshall said:
“I joined @chesaboudin’s leadership team to fight for criminal justice reform; that battle has never been more urgent. My passion for the mission to reform our legal system is stronger than ever. Our work continues and the fight goes on.”
Tal Klement, chief of the office’s criminal division, said:
“I am one of many in the office let go who have dedicated their careers to doing justice. I am proud of all that I accomplished and vow to never stop fighting for real criminal justice reform.”
“A lot of my supporters and endorsements and donors and Democratic clubs that were behind me are urging me to run now, or in 2023,” the clueless Boudin said about running again.
“I’m committed, as I always have been my entire life, to doing the work to support our communities, to fight for a fairer system of justice.”
San Francisco DA Brooke Jenkins fires 15 of Chesa Boudin's staffers https://t.co/Ufp8KsAga9— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 17, 2022
After over 2 years of tireless and devoted service to the City and Cty of SF, I was unceremoniously fired without cause via phone by the Mayor's appointed DA. I am the highest ranking Latina/LGBTQ member of the management team at that office. I will continue the fight 4justice— Arcelia Hurtado (@ArceliaHurtado) July 15, 2022