Vern Pierson: ‘Prevent the preventable, anticipate the inevitable’
May 26, 2006
It’s time for a change. There is a critical need to restore professionalism, integrity and public safety to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. As the chief assistant district attorney in Amador County, Vern Pierson has impeccable credentials in recruiting, management, supervision and training for criminal division staff. He has prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from misdemeanor violations to prosecutions of violent and sophisticated career criminals.
As a criminal justice advocate, Vern helped change the laws to make it easier to convict and permanently lock up sexual predators. As a former deputy attorney general experienced in investigating and prosecuting public corruption and major felonies, Vern believes in a system where victims see their assailants held accountable.
He is running for El Dorado County District Attorney because as a tax payer and concerned resident, the current DA has under-utilized existing state and federal funds available to manage the district attorney’s office and has chased away qualified prosecutors who have taken other district attorney positions.
As an experienced member of the California District Attorney’s Association’s Legislative Committee, he believes bad laws can and should be changed. When Vern learned a long-time Lodi teacher molested a boy and then tried to get his teaching credentials reinstated, Vern worked with then-state Sen. Tim Leslie to introduce Senate Bill 2005 that successfully banned convicted sex offenders from holding teaching credentials.
As a former deputy attorney general experienced in investigating and prosecuting public corruption and major felonies, Vern believes an elected official is someone you can turn to in time of crisis and not someone you should fear.
There is a big difference between talking about investigating and prosecuting public corruption and actually doing it. Vern has prosecuted numerous public officials, including police, sheriffs and correctional officers, and believes no one is above the law.
As a chief assistant district attorney experienced in effectively supervising and managing personnel as well as budgets in the millions of dollars and more than doubling the Amador DA’s revenue, Vern believes in keeping local dollars local, and in utilizing all state and federal funds available to the counties to maximize all resources in order to fight an ever-increasingly sophisticated criminal.
As a graduate of the Army’s Airborne, Air Assault and N.C.O. Academy as Honor Graduate and Leadership Award recipient, Vern believes that honor, integrity and respect are things you earn, not demand – a lesson all elected officials should own.
Most importantly, Vern believes we all have a right to public safety by:
— Preventing the preventable;
— Anticipating the inevitable;
— Prosecuting the undeniable.
He is honored to have the support of the South Lake Tahoe Police Officers Association, El Dorado Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Sgt. Doug Pullen, Sgt. Don Atkinson, Placerville Police Officers Association, El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors, Assemblyman Tim Leslie, The California District Attorney Investigators’ Association, David J. Kreps, Chief Investigator (retired), El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, California Financial Crime Investigators Association, California Association of Special Agents (DOJ), Peace Officer Research Association of California (PORAC), Sacramento Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Folsom Police Officer’s Association, Amador County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Amador County Sheriff’s Mid-Management Association and Sen. Dave Cox.
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