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.
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