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Solano district attorney resigns from office

dubain, 12/23/10

Donald A. du Bain is shown shortly before he took over as Solano County district attorney, to replace David Paulson, Dec. 23, 2010. Du Bain announced his resignation Thursday, effective at the close of business Aug. 15. He starts work Aug. 18 at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file)

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From page A1 | August 08, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Solano County District Attorney Donald A. du Bain’s office released a letter Thursday afternoon announcing his plan to quit his job effective 5 p.m. Aug. 15 – more than four months before his term of office is scheduled to end in January.

Du Bain’s resignation letter to Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Linda Seifert says he will start a job Aug. 18 with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon made a $200 contribution to du Bain’s failed campaign bid. Du Bain’s new office will be a short distance from his residence in a Financial District high-rise. He also has a home in Fairfield.

Du Bain, after spending nearly $400,000 – most of it his own money – lost the June 3 election to Krishna Abrams, a longtime local prosecutor who spent less than $70,000 to beat her boss.

Du Bain’s announcement caught top county officials by surprise. His departure also forgoes a commitment he made to his staff and subordinates that he would facilitate a smooth transition with Abrams.

Seifert was in Long Beach when she learned of du Bain’s resignation. She said top county officials including County Administrator Birgitta E. Corsello and the county’s top legal counsel Dennis Bunting were both unavailable Thursday to start planning the appropriate response to du Bain’s pending departure.

Seifert’s tentative understanding of state law is that the board has the option to make an appointment to fill the district attorney job and that until the board acts, the position would be assumed by one of the three chief deputy district attorneys in the office. The earliest the board could take any action on the matter would be at its Aug. 26 meeting, Seifert said.

In the days after du Bain’s failed election bid, prominent longtime local attorneys Daniel Russo and Amy Morton called on him to resign and for him to ask the Board of Supervisors to appoint Abrams to serve as interim district attorney until she takes office in January.

“The position of district attorney is one that carries a responsibility that you have always taken seriously,” Russo and Morton wrote in their letter to du Bain. “Accordingly, we ask you to respectfully honor that responsibility and resign, for the good of our county.”

Another longtime local attorney, Denis Honeychurch, thanked du Bain for his service. Honeychurch was an early supporter of Abrams’ candidacy.

“I wish him well in his new job,” Honeychurch said. “Hopefully the Board of Supervisors will appoint Ms. Abrams to fill the interim position.”

Du Bain’s four paragraph resignation letter thanked county officials, saying he appreciated their “exceptional competence and collaborative nature.” He once again referenced the three major elements he focused on in his re-election bid – launching the Solano Family Justice Center in 2013, establishing a truancy court to help young students and their parents, and increasing a focus on real estate fraud cases.

“I leave this office with enormous gratitude for the contributions that the members of my office have made toward protecting our community’s safety,” du Bain wrote in his resignation letter. “The county is fortunate to have so many dedicated and hard-working employees, including attorneys, investigators, victim advocates and support staff, employed within the District Attorney’s Office.”

Du Bain has worked in the District Attorney’s Office since 1993. He ran unopposed in 2010 to become district attorney.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • rahAugust 08, 2014 - 4:22 am

    He should have been gone a long time ago now .Good luck doing nothing

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  • 2realAugust 08, 2014 - 5:57 am

    Now he will make twice as much in sf doing nothing there also

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  • SKAugust 08, 2014 - 6:24 am

    Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split you. Now many scumbag perps can look forward to that revolving door in S.F. I agree with Mr. Honeychurch, just appoint Ms. Abrams, giving her an earlier running start.

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  • gemmaAugust 08, 2014 - 8:10 am

    @SK, welp, there went my comment lol. I was going to say the exact same thing about the Lord's split :-)

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  • Jose MadreAugust 08, 2014 - 6:49 am

    Whoa whoa whoa, whoa, whoa.....whoa.....whoa. He lives in SF???

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  • PornacAugust 08, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Another quitter, almost as bad as the half term Governor from Alaska, Palin.

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  • SKAugust 08, 2014 - 7:10 am

    Only difference is DuBain isn't a HALF BRAIN like Palin. Just a very bad DA, who was in charge of that ever spinning revolving door. I hope Abrams stops the spinning.

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  • BaseballmomAugust 08, 2014 - 7:18 am

    It really is true. That liberals will always tell you who they fear…

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  • ?August 08, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Baseballmom, who are they fearing? They are taking over Solano. Just ask Skip Thompson and his buddies at the SEIU.

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  • AlfAugust 08, 2014 - 8:03 am

    It's clear this reporter has an ax to grind with DuBain. Some of the shots in this article were veiled, cheap and totally unnecessary. A quality reporter would never let personal feelings find their way into a story. And a quality editor would remove them when they did. What happened here?

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  • BSAugust 08, 2014 - 8:08 am

    i wonder how much he donated to Gascons campaign to secure that job, as we all know he accomplishes everything with a check. duBain lied throughout his campaign. He's always lived in SF and always will. He only bought the house in Solano so he could run for DA. He never stopped living in SF. What are they going to do with him in SF? He's never prosecuted major crimes in Solano and they only prosecute major crimes in SF. He touts his accomplishments. He never worked on public safety. He never addressed the gang problem. Under his leadership his office had a 23% conviction rate. He wont make a decision on anything except to promote the dirtiest prosecutors to supervisors. He's filthy rich. Just retire. The only DA in the history of Solano County to serve only one term and he couldn't even finish that. He may be rich, but what a loser!!

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  • Ed D., Move on already!August 08, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Ed D, move on. Jeez! It's always been obvious to anyone who reads your comments on Du Bain that it is you Ed D. Only someone with an emotional attachment would say the kind of things you say. You just sound so jealous and full of vitriol. The fact that you ruined your career in Solano C. because YOU are dirty is sad. Even your friend Jess Sullivan couldn't help you save your low reputation, though, you are lucky to have had him not report on your vile behavior. Get over it. Move on. "Haters will see you walk on water and say it's because you can't swim."

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  • What's this aboutAugust 08, 2014 - 8:26 am

    He does not even have enough professionalism to finish his term appropriately. Like a sulking child who didn't get his way.

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  • GoodforhimAugust 08, 2014 - 10:58 am

    @what's this about, um, he got another job. Why wouldn't he take it? He should sacrifice the rest of his career for a county that voted him out? You are the one that sounds like a myopic baby. Abrams has 51% of the county's confidence. Ya'll should be fine. Solano has always made great voting choices. Lol.

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  • crying time againAugust 08, 2014 - 9:08 am

    WaaaaaHHAAAAA! solano county speaks again.

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  • George Guynn, JrAugust 08, 2014 - 9:36 am

    I agree with Mr. Honeychurch that Ms. Abrams should be appointed to fill the remaining term so that she gets a head start in getting the office back on track. Hopefully, she cares about the Brown Act. The last DA stated it wasn't one of his priorities!

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  • Ed D. Move on!August 08, 2014 - 11:09 am

    Ed D, move on. Jeez! It's always been obvious to anyone who reads your comments on Du Bain that it is you Ed D. Only someone with an emotional attachment would say the kind of things you say. You just sound so jealous and full of vitriol. The fact that you ruined your career in Solano C. because YOU are dirty is sad. Even your friend Jess Sullivan couldn't help you save your low reputation, though, you are lucky to have had him not report on your vile behavior. Get over it. Move on. "Haters will see you walk on water and say it's because you can't swim."

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  • DanielAugust 08, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    Good riddance and if others call for a reference he will not get a job anywhere.

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  • Let's be clearAugust 08, 2014 - 3:50 pm

    Dan Russo, no one is calling you except criminals and Jess Sullivan.

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  • Mike GunnAugust 08, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Shame on you Jess for allowing your deep dislike of Mr Dubain to bleed into your writing, if you can call it writing. Poorly written, clearly slanted, and a shameful display of bashing. In addition, it is shocking to read the hateful and venomous comments below. I suspect the 23 per cent conviction rate has more to do with the poor police work rather than the Deputy DAs or the office. Folks need to get a life here.

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  • SKAugust 08, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Poor police work my ARSE!!!! The police in this county do a great job, busting their BUTTS, arresting the scumbags in this county, just to see them revolve out, making bail in no time at all, instead of no bail holds/arrests. Most need to be placed under the jail, not IN IT!!!!!! Good riddance to DuBain, perfectly worthless IMO.

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  • Get a clue SKAugust 08, 2014 - 9:49 pm

    SK, Abrams big plan to be tough on crime is to appoint John Coffer, a criminal defense attorney, as her chief deputy. Good luck with that plan.

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