FAIRFIELD — Solano County District Attorney-elect Krishna Abrams is to be sworn in as the county’s next district attorney at about 5:01 p.m. Friday.
Under normal circumstances, Abrams would take office Jan. 15, 2015. But District Attorney Donald A. du Bain, the loser to Abrams in the June election, on Thursday announced his resignation effective 5 p.m. this Friday.
The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Abrams by a 3-0 vote to fill out du Bain’s term. Supervisors Erin Hannigan, Linda Seifert and John Vasquez votes “yes.” Supervisor Jim Spering was absent after being delayed at a midwestern airport and Supervisor Skip Thomson had an excused absence.
Abrams, a prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office, made the request for the early appointment. Otherwise, Chief Deputy District Attorney John Daugherty would have performed the duties of the office while keeping his title.
She feels very comfortable that she and Daugherty can work for a smooth transition without disrupting the work of the office, Abrams told supervisors.
“I think we can accomplish this goal together with this appointment,” Abrams said.
Thomson sent a letter that got read out loud. He thanked du Bain for his work and said the appointment of Abrams would recognize the will of constituents.
Seifert praised du Bain for his work beginning the Family Justice Center and the truancy court. She also said that the District Attorney’s Office will be in very good hands when Abrams takes office.
Friday’s swearing-in event is to be done in private. Abrams said a formal swearing-in ceremony will take place in September, when there has been time to make plans.
The transition between du Bain’s office and her office will be orderly, slow and smooth, with no massive, immediate changes, Abrams said after the Board of Supervisors vote.
The appointment item was not on the Board of Supervisors agenda released late last week. Agendas under state law must be posted 72 hours in advance. The county in a Sunday press release said that supervisors would consider adding the item to the agenda.
State law allows the Board of Supervisors to add an item to the agenda if supervisors determine there is a need to take immediate action and the item came to the county’s attention after the agenda got posted.
County Counsel Dennis Bunting said the need for immediate action arose because the next Board of Supervisors meeting is Aug. 26 and Abrams asked to be appointed upon du Bain’s resignation.
“When she made the request, we had to act,” Bunting said.
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