With the new year, new executive managers have stepped in to work with District Attorney Jackie Lacey and guide the nation’s largest prosecutorial office.
The changes are due to the retirements of Chief Deputy District Attorney John Spillane and William Hodgman, who served as assistant district attorney for Line Operations. The appointments were effective Jan. 2.
“My newest executives will continue to provide strong leadership to safeguard the public’s trust as we prosecute violent crime and manage the nation’s largest local prosecutorial office,” District Attorney Lacey said.
“Besides their dedication to public safety and high ethical standards, these individuals also represent the rich ethnic diversity of the people who we serve,” she said.
District Attorney Lacey promoted Joseph P. Esposito to chief deputy district attorney, the second-highest ranking position in the office. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations, including supervision of the office’s nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 peace officers and 800 support staff members.
Sergio A. Gonzalez was elevated to assistant district attorney for Line Operations. In his new position, Gonzalez manages approximately 700 prosecutors who staff the downtown criminal courts and 12 branch and eight area offices throughout Los Angeles County.
Victoria Lewis Adams was named assistant district attorney for Special Operations. She manages nearly 300 deputy district attorneys who prosecute some of the county’s most complex and notorious crimes involving fraud, corruption, gang violence, child abuse and human trafficking.
The Executive Management Team also includes Assistant District Attorney Pamela K. Booth, who oversees Administration, and Chief John J. Neu, who leads the Bureau of Investigation.
In addition, District Attorney Lacey promoted Maria Ramirez, who becomes the first Latina to serve as a director, to run the Bureau of Specialized Prosecutions and Carol Burke to serve as director of the Bureau of Branch and Area Operations, Region I.
The Legal Management Team also includes Scott Goodwin, director of the Bureau of Fraud and Corruption Prosecutions; Kellyjean Chun, director of the Bureau of Prosecution Support Operations; James Garrison, director of the Bureau of Central Operations; and Gina Satriano, director of the Bureau of Branch & Area Operations, Region II.