Gary Lacy: My office has record of successful prosecutions |

Gary Lacy: My office has record of successful prosecutions

For the last 19 years, I have been a resident of El Dorado County and prosecutor with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. In 1987, I started as a deputy district attorney with the office, and in 1994 I was elected as the district attorney – the position I still hold today. I have managed over 120 employees and a budget of over $8.5 million. As your district attorney, I am responsible for working with all of the law enforcement agencies within the county of El Dorado to properly investigate all criminal cases and make sure that the people who engage in criminal conduct here in the county are held accountable. In this regard, I set the policies of the operations of the District Attorney’s Office to ensure that our operating budget is utilized in a manner that maximizes the effectiveness of our prosecutions to preserve the safety of our public. Our office has consistently maintained a very high conviction rate for criminal prosecutions while continuing to operate within our budget.

The effectiveness of our office as a whole is a result of the training the staff receives combined with the extensive experience the staff has. Each member of our staff is a top performing professional in their respective field. The prosecutors of our office have successfully prosecuted and convicted murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug dealers and other violent and dangerous criminals. A few years ago, I personally prosecuted a mother who kidnapped her daughter from the custodial father in the state of Washington, brought her to South Lake Tahoe, and murdered the child in a tent while South Lake Tahoe law enforcement officers had the tent surrounded. The woman was convicted and is serving a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole. In recent years the prosecutors under my administration have also successfully prosecuted two murder cases without a body (which are rare and extremely difficult prosecutions) and old murder cases that have been solved through DNA evidence.

Beyond the usual categories of criminal conduct, there are other serious crime issues and some particularly vulnerable victims. To best handle these cases and best serve these victims, I have established specialized units within the office to handle certain investigations and prosecutions. Examples of some of these specialized units are the child abuse, elder abuse, domestic violence, high-tech crimes (crimes involving computers and/or the Internet such as child pornography and identity theft, counterfeiting, etc.), workers compensation fraud, welfare fraud and real estate fraud programs.

Community involvement by a district attorney is very important to properly recognize the distinct public safety needs of our different population centers within the county. To assist me in identifying these public safety needs and to appropriately assign the necessary resources to address these needs, I have maintained personal involvement with certain organizations in the county. My involvement in these organizations include having been the past chairman of the Elder Abuse and Protection Council, past chair of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, a member of the El Dorado County Gang Task Force and the Safe Schools Task Force and long time member of the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club. Further, I have maintained involvement with the various Chambers of Commerce in the county.

As your district attorney, I have implemented a sophisticated and automated case management computer system to improve efficiency, accuracy and accountability. With a caseload that is increasing every year as the population increases, this has become a necessity. These automation improvements have saved taxpayers thousands of dollars and enabled our office to stay on top of the massive numbers of cases we handle. Beyond just saving your tax dollars, I have sought and received funding from various sources to supplement our investigation and prosecution efforts as well as funding to prevent criminal conduct.

For example, I have obtained funding from the state to enable our office to work in partnership with the schools to make sure children are attending school regularly thereby reducing crimes caused by juveniles and keeping juveniles from engaging in increasingly serious criminal behavior.

During the 19 years I have worked to serve the people of El Dorado County, I have had the opportunity to work with the men and women of El Dorado County law enforcement. El Dorado County Sheriff Jeff Neves is one of those officers who knows me and supports me. Please join Sheriff Neves, the many law enforcement officers of El Dorado County and Crime Victims United, which is the largest victim’s advocacy organization in California, in supporting my reelection. I look forward to continuing to serve you as your district attorney.

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