Abrams could take DA’s post early

By From page A3 | August 11, 2014

FAIRFIELD — District Attorney-elect Krishna Abrams could become Solano County’s next district attorney as soon as 5:01 p.m. Friday, if the Solano County Board of Supervisors grants approval on Tuesday.

Abrams won the post in the June election by defeating District Attorney Donald du Bain and usually would take office at noon on Jan. 5, 2015. But du Bain last week said he would resign effective 5 p.m. Friday.

On Sunday, the county announced that Abrams has requested that the board allow her to assume office as soon as du Bain’s resignation takes effect. That would allow her to work with a chief deputy to ensure an efficient transition, a county press release said.

The board’s other option is to allow a chief deputy to discharge the district attorney’s duties until du Bain’s term expires in little over four months.

Supervisors would have to agree to add the possible Abrams appointment to the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting. The County Administrator’s Office and County Counsel’s Office recommend that they do so and make the appointment. They meet at 8:30 a.m. in the county Government Center at 675 Texas St.

Typically, the board goes into closed session at the beginning of the meeting and starts the open session at 9 a.m. Board Chairwoman Linda Seifert on Sunday said this will again be the case and that the board will not consider a possible Abrams appointment before 9 a.m.

The closed session includes a discussion on filling the Health and Social Services director position. Ann Edwards resigned the post in June. Former Health and Social Services Director Patrick Duterte has been filling the role on an interim basis.

Health and Social Services has a budget of about $289 million and more than 1,200 employees. The department’s tasks include administering public assistance programs, running health clinics and providing child welfare and mental health programs.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • 2realAugust 11, 2014 - 6:08 am

    Early.. does it matter?

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  • JimboAugust 11, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Well SOMEONE has to replace that Sarah Palin quitter, why not the person the people elected?

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  • Lots of thought hereAugust 11, 2014 - 11:29 am

    I think we need to have a special election at the cost of $1 million dollars to cover the position until January 5th. Are we really putting this much thought into the obvious?

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  • M SmithAugust 11, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    How do you have Deputy District Attorney's if you don't have a District Attorney? In my opinion making somebody an acting District Attorney doesn't qualify since that person would still have to answer directly to the Board of Supervisors. That creates a conflict in the separation of powers. Somebody should really ask for an AG opinion on this if there isn't one already.

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  • George Guynn, JrAugust 11, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    The public elected Krishna Abrams. They didn't elect an appointee or the three deputy district attorneys. Krishna needs to be installed as Solano County District Attorney ASAP! That means at 5:01 pm this coming Friday. And BTW, the soon to be former DA needs a bill for the 50 or so messed up cases he leaves Krishna and no good by plaque for the smooth transition he promised, but did not deliver.

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  • Heywood JablowmiAugust 11, 2014 - 7:23 pm

    I believe there has been a coup d' etat in the DA's office and the trifecta of corruption and abuse of power has been expunged. say buh bye to doo doo bane, Daughtery and Ray. thank you sen.wolk and supervisor Thompson.

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  • rlw895August 11, 2014 - 11:53 pm

    Is that really the DR file photo for Abrams? Come on, guys, set up a new shoot or have her submit one. She's attractive, but she's also the DA.

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