Re: District Attorney Election – 2014
Dear Employee of the District Attorney’s Office:
My name is Robert Brewer and I am writing to let you know that I have filed the necessary documents to run for San Diego County District Attorney in June 2014. I would like to briefly introduce myself, explain why I made this decision and share some thoughts on how I would like to improve the District Attorney’s office, if elected.
Before graduation from USD School of Law in 1975, I was a volunteer law clerk in your office, working for Deputy District Attorney Tom McArdle, in the Appellate Division. One afternoon in 1974, he introduced me to then District Attorney, Mr. Ed Miller. In a very short time, after listening to Mr. Miller explain the importance of representing the People, I was convinced I wanted to start my career as a prosecutor. My first job after graduation was as a DDA in Los Angeles. After 2 ½ years, I was hired as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles. (My Biography)
I have decided to run for District Attorney for two basic reasons: a desire to return to public service, and a belief that I can do a better job than the incumbent. I have spent the last several months riding with numerous county law enforcement agencies, speaking with several present and former Deputy District Attorneys and former District Attorney Investigators. Although I certainly respect the present District Attorney’s public service, I believe, after twelve years, it is time for a change.
The slogan of my campaign is “Public Safety…Without Politics.” However, it is more than just a slogan. It will be my leadership philosophy as District Attorney.
If elected, I promise you the following:
Prosecutorial discretion in case issuance, dispositions and trial/appellate practice will be conducted with the highest ethical standards and consistent with the office’s obligation to pursue justice.
I will not run for any other office. I would never use such an important public safety position as a stepping stone to further personal political ambitions.
I will not endorse political candidates for office. The District Attorney should stay out of local politics, except to investigate, if necessary.
I will build my management team from within the office.
Transfers will not be made to retaliate or for punitive reasons. Employees, along with their supervisors, will have input in decisions affecting the location of their assignment.
I will strive to have transparent management and openly communicate all policies and guidelines and honestly respond to all reasonable inquiries.
Employees at all levels will be treated fairly with respect to job assignment and promotion, which will be based on merit and productivity, after consultation with supervisors, without regard to friendships, political connections or arbitrary categories. Clerical staff will have appropriate avenues of advancement and promotional opportunities.
In the last two elections for District Attorney the incumbent has been unchallenged. This time you will have a choice. Please read my biography. Talk to colleagues who have worked with me, litigated against me and know me. Talk to judges I have appeared before. I believe I can be a better leader and remove the atmosphere of politics that dominates the 13th floor of the Hall of Justice.
I look forward to meeting you in the near future. I will listen carefully to your concerns and will be willing to make appropriate changes, not just in the beginning of my tenure but throughout my entire term of service. I assure you that I will not let the position and power of this office cloud my duties of preserving integrity and justice in the District Attorney’s Office. I am now and will always be willing to candidly answer all of your questions. If I don’t know the answer, I will find it and report back to you. Employees expressing concerns regarding office policies or case decisions will not need to fear that such questions will result in retaliation or intimidation.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact me either by email or by phone at my office if you would like more information or would like to discuss my candidacy.
Robert S. Brewer, Jr.
Candidate for District Attorney 2014