Lacy first new task: replace Wagoner
Incumbent Gary Lacy spoke amid phone rings and office staff offering congratulations on his 3,363 vote victory over challenger Erik Schlueter for the district attorney position of El Dorado County.
Lacy said he slept only four hours after trying to rid himself of election elation before going to a Wednesday morning Rotary meeting. He was at work for a few hours to retrieve messages and answer phone calls before taking his sister to the airport for a flight back to Southern California.
His first line of business is to fill six positions, including clerical, an investigator and the vacancy that will be left behind by Assistant District Attorney James Wagoner, who will become the Superior Court judge for Office 6.
“We need to get our staffing back up,” Lacy said. “We need to have the people to do the job.”
Mentioning promises made during his campaign, Lacy said he will focus on juvenile crime, child abuse and elder abuse in the future.
One way Lacy will concentrate on decreasing juvenile crime is investigating new programs and finding ways to improve existing programs in juvenile hall.
Since 1850, there have been 31 district attorneys for El Dorado County. Lacy will have served 12 years as district attorney before the 2006 election. Henry Lyons, district attorney for 23 years from 1927-50, is the attorney with the most longevity, while Ronald Tepper, who served from 1977 to 1989, ties Lacy with 12 years.
Lacy will still be the lead prosecutor in the case against Lisa Platz. She is charged with first degree murder and kidnapping and is being held in El Dorado County Jail at South Lake Tahoe. He will be assisted by Deputy District Attorney Anthony Sears.
If he lost, Lacy admitted he would be looking through the want ads for nearby prosecuting employment.
“I’d be looking elsewhere for a job,” Lacy said. “My kids are up here. I’m trying to stay in the area for as long as possible.”
Schlueter could not be reached for comment. His wife, Carole, said he was busy plucking his campaign signs and she could not reach him by cellular phone.
The two are leaving for England today for a weeklong trip to take care of family matters. She said they will stay in El Dorado County, where her husband has been a deputy district attorney for 15 years.
“Our lives are in Mr. Lacy’s hands,” Carole Schlueter said.
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