A letter from Vern Pierson
As a career prosecutor, it has been my honor to serve as your District Attorney for more than 7 years. During that time our office has tackled and solved cold homicides, complex white collar crimes, political corruption, high profile cases and a myriad of other difficult investigations and prosecutions. As your elected DA, I personally have continued to handle some of the most serious cases that have come through the office, including the successful prosecution of murderers Patricia Presba and Jaime Ramos, obtained life sentences for Phillip and Nancy Garrido, the sexual predators who kidnapped 11 yrs old Jaycee Dugard from South Lake Tahoe in 1991 and imprisoned her for 18 years, and obtained a jury trial death penalty verdict for Defendant David Zanon who murdered CHP Officer Scott Russell. Of course, there’s more to being a prosecutor than getting a conviction. Every prosecutor in our office understands our role is first and foremost the pursuit of justice. Justice sometimes means the dismissal of a factually provable offense and other times it’s holding accountable the politically powerful.
As the elected DA, it is also my job to be chief executive of our office. To be a leader of a team of professionals, an innovator with technology, experience to evaluate and hire the right people, and to take on the tough challenges that face the District Attorney’s Office and our criminal justice system. Regardless of the challenge, the men and women of your District Attorneys office have conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism and expertise. During my time as elected DA, these dedicated professionals have helped our office accumulate an outstanding list of accomplishments, including: creation of a cold-case homicide unit that prosecuted Phillip Thompson for a 1971 murder, (at the time of conviction, California‘s oldest cold case homicide), convicted several white collar criminals (including a former deputy Don Atkinson who embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars), started one of the first paper-less district attorney’s offices in the state of California, recently formed a regional economic crimes task force (which will work hand in hand with the California Attorney General‘s Underground Economy Task Force), prosecuted serial killer Joseph Nissensohn (who killed three teenage girls in the 1980s and 90s), and obtained a very rare and difficult murder conviction of a “no body” homicide in the death a 4 year old South Lake Tahoe child. The list of accomplishments and accolades of these dedicated professionals, and of the office, could go on and on, but what’s most important to remember is that the accomplishments of the District Attorney’s Office require teamwork and leadership that fosters these successes. I am proud to count many of these dedicated professionals as supporters who endorse my campaign to continue to be El Dorado County’s District Attorney.
El Dorado County District Attorney