Last Friday, the District Attorney's Office released the first office roster under Mike Anderson, thus completing the first major wave of personnel assignments of his administration. The process began with naming his First Assistant and Bureau Chiefs in December and was completed with naming the new Felony Chiefs and Felony Twos last week.
As with every time the Office makes a lot of moves and promotions, there are compliments and criticisms of what was done and why. In my personal opinion, the moves and promotions run from outstanding and inspired to ill-advised and poor -- and everywhere in between. I'm not going to specify my thoughts on individual moves.
The three words that seem to encapsulate the theory behind the promotions are: Seniority Seniority Seniority.
As with all transitions between two administrations, there were some people who did not have their contracts renewed. In this case, there were six prosecutors who were not renewed. I'm not naming them here. I knew five of them personally, and they are all friends. I'm sorry to see them go. I can sympathize with what they are going through and I feel confident that they will all do just fine in the private sector.
Virtually all of the upper level hires by Lykos did not ask to have their contracts renewed and left on December 31st. Two others were reassigned to positions that they apparently did not want and they subsequently resigned.
And yes, the one person that everyone assumed would be terminated has ironically been the last remaining holdout of the Lykos Administration. Rachel Palmer remains on the job as an Assistant District Attorney.
Contrary to popular opinion, I'm not privy to the rationale behind this but I have my guesses. I have heard from reliable sources that there was virtually nothing documented in Rachel's personnel file over the past four years by her supervisors. If you'll remember, Lykos stopped doing evaluations fairly early on into her tenure. My guess is that if her contract had not been renewed, there would have been a lawsuit forthcoming saying she had been terminated for exercising her 5th Amendment right.
Her continued stay at the Office has caused some grumblings by many who watched her during the 185th Grand Jury investigation. However, as of next Monday, Rachel will be returning to the Trial Bureau as a Felony Two to be given the same workload as all of the other prosecutors at that level. Her extended tenure as Deputy Dawg and in Writs is over. She will be given a fair chance, but the cushy positions that Lykos handed her for four years seem to be over with.
As I mentioned above, there are going to be criticisms of the moves. That's pretty much how I remember it when I was at the Office. Some of the comments on the blog have been very critical. I'll publish those comments (within reason), but they usually have me rolling my eyes.
Most of those comments remind me of this Louis CK performance on Conan O'Brien.