Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Alameda County Gets First Woman District Attorney

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 10:18 AM

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed Nancy O'Malley to be district attorney, making her the first woman to ever hold the post. O'Malley will replace outgoing DA Tom Orloff, who is retiring and had strongly recommended her for the job. The board of supes voted 3-0-2 for O'Malley, with Supervisors Keith Carson and Nate Miley abstaining. They believed that the board acted too quickly in selecting Orloff's replacement, and should have sought more public input. The board, however, would have been hard pressed to find a more deserving candidate than O'Malley, who has put together a strong record in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office over the years. It's also good to see a woman take over an office that has long had the reputation of being an old boys club. According to the Trib, O'Malley plans to run for a four-year term in next year's election.


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