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District Attorney Montgomery Will Not Seek to Retain Office in June Election

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Lassen County District Attorney Stacey L. Montgomery announced this afternoon, in a statement released by her office, that she will not be seeking re-election to the position of D.A. in June.

“During DA Montgomery’s tenure, many positive changes have taken place,” the statement begins, “We’ve completely revamped the Prison Prosecution program and created a Victim Witness division separate from the District Attorney’s office for increased efficiency and grant fiscal compliance. We established a pre-filing diversion program and moved into the 21st century utilizing modern technology for the website, upgraded the case management system, created a Facebook page and distributed an e-newsletter in an effort to effect transparency and keep the public informed.”

“Most importantly, I am proud to have been part of a dynamic team of prosecutors and support staff. Together, we have put away many high-level, dangerous offenders. I am proud of the work we have done for the community in support of public safety.”

“There have been many challenges. Changes to the law, specifically Prop 47 and 57, which allow for the early release of criminals and less punishment for those convicted, have made prosecution more difficult.”

Loss of the Narcotics Task Force, cuts in the departmental budget and a lack of support from top officials in county administration were all cited by the District Attorney’s office as having, “fueled the District Attorney’s decision not to run.”

“I believe those of us fortunate enough to lead as elected officials must be willing to give others the same opportunity. I loved the job. I love the community I serve,” Montgomery concludes in the statement. “I believe we’ve made excellent progress in the last three years and can be proud of our accomplishments as a department. At this time, I have made the difficult decision to move in a different direction and focus on spending quality time with my boys.”

The District Attorney will remain in the office until January 2019.


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5 Responses to District Attorney Montgomery Will Not Seek to Retain Office in June Election

  1. Patsy Murdock

    Patsy Murdock

    Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 4:49 am

    The Murdock’s are sorry to hear this but we know the DA position had to be very hard in CA. We are praying for you and your family

  2. Robert Painter

    Robert Painter

    Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Jim

    • Jim Young

      Jim Young

      Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      What a shame

    • Robert Painter

      Robert Painter

      Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Funny we were talking about this today.

  3. Rick Johnson

    Rick Johnson

    Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    New that was coming…too bad… that’s a hard Job

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