San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Announces Retirement Date

by Natalie Jacobs April 20, 2017


dumanisToday San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced that she is stepping down as District Attorney after nearly 15 years in the position. In her public statement and communications with staff, Dumanis said she is stepping down to explore a possible run for County Board of Supervisors. Her last day as District Attorney will be Friday, July 7, 2017.

Dumanis announced in January that she would not seek reelection in 2018.

“I have other things to do. I’ve been in public service now for 42 years and, you know, I just thought the timing was right,” Dumanis told the Union-Tribune when she made that decision public.

The County Board of Supervisor’s will make appoint an interim District Attorney to fill in after Dumanis’ exit this summer.

Dumanis has all but hand-picked her successor, Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephans, who declared her candidacy in January a few days after Dumanis announced she would not run for reelection.

“As I have weighed my future options, among the many things I have been encouraged to consider is a run for San Diego County Board of Supervisors,” Dumanis’s statement reads.

“I have not decided if I will be a candidate or not.  I believe my experience, and the critical role that the Board plays in public safety and policy issues, would make me an effective member. However, I do not want to create any conflict with, or distraction from the important work of the District Attorney’s Office.  Therefore, I feel it’s appropriate for me to resign at this time as I explore my potential candidacy.”


According to a statement issued by the DA’s office, Dumanis’ history with the San Diego justice system includes Clerk Typist, Investigative Assistant, Deputy District Attorney, Juvenile Court Referee, Municipal Court Judge, Superior Court Judge and four-time elected District Attorney.

In a 2015 interview with the San Diego Jewish Journal, Dumanis mused “maybe I’ll make my mother proud and go back to school online to become a rabbi.”


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