District attorney will not seek re-election

Lassen County District Attorney, Stacey L. Montgomery, announced today, Wednesday, March 7, she would not seek re-election in the June 2018 Primary Election.

According to a statement from the DA’s office, “During DA Montgomery’s tenure, many positive changes have taken place. ‘We’ve completely revamped the Prison Prosecution program and created a Victim Witness division separate from the District Attorney’s office for increased efficiency and grant fiscal compliance. We established a pre-filing diversion program and moved into the 21st century utilizing modern technology for the website, upgraded the case management system, created a Facebook page and distributed an e-newsletter in an effort to effect transparency and keep the public informed. Most importantly, I am proud to have been part of a dynamic team of prosecutors and support staff. Together, we have put away many high-level, dangerous offenders. I am proud of the work we have done for the community in support of public safety.’”

Montgomery’s statement included information about the many challenges her office faces.

“Changes to the law, specifically Propositions 47 and 57, which allow for the early release of criminals and less punishment for those convicted, have made prosecution more difficult,” the statement read. “Loss of the Narcotics Task Force, cuts in the departmental budget and a lack of support from top officials in county administration have also fueled the District Attorney’s decision not to run.

“I believe those of us fortunate enough to lead as elected officials must be willing to give others the same opportunity. I loved the job. I love the community I serve,” Montgomery said in the statement. “I believe we’ve made excellent progress in the last three years and can be proud of our accomplishments as a department. At this time, I have made the difficult decision to move in a different direction and focus on spending quality time with my boys.”

Montgomery wrote she will remain in the office until January 2019.