Public Safety

Process to Begin to Fill District Attorney Vacancy


The Board of Supervisors will review the process for appointing a new County District Attorney at its May 2 meeting.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced her retirement today after nearly 15 years in the position. Her last day on the job is July 7. Since the position of County District Attorney is an elected post and Dumanis is retiring before her term ends in January 2019, the Board of Supervisors must follow a specific appointment process outlined in County Board policy.

At the May 2 meeting, the Board will approve the application packet, set the application period and candidate requirements, and set dates for public hearings to consider all applicants and subsequent finalists. The Board of Supervisors is expected to appoint a new District Attorney prior to Dumanis’ retirement.

The Office of the District Attorney serves the citizens of San Diego County through the efficient prosecution of felony crimes countywide and misdemeanor crimes in 18 cities and the unincorporated areas. The District Attorney assists victims and survivors of crime, protects families and children by making communities safer and protects the taxpayer by investigating and prosecuting consumer and insurance fraud.