Elected as reformer, Jefferson County’s incoming district attorney is pushing out office’s top prosecutors

Alexis King

Alexis King convinced voters in Jefferson and Gilpin counties that she should be their next district attorney on the promise that she’d reform the prosecutor’s office — and she hasn’t waited to be sworn in to make sweeping changes.

King will cut 10 people from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office when she takes charge in January, she acknowledged in a brief interview Thursday. Those losing their jobs include six senior prosecutors and three deputy district attorneys, those involved told The Denver Post, wiping away decades of experience and senior leadership in the office.

“At the end of the day, it’s about ensuring that we are bringing and performing ethical prosecutions, protecting public safety, that are also aligned with my values and making sure we have a workplace that is open to all identities,” King said Thursday, adding the dismissals are “100%” part of her effort to reform

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Alleged arson fire destroys office of lawyer recently elected to KY state Senate

Police have charged a man with deliberately setting a fire that destroyed the law office of Kentucky Sen.-elect Johnnie L. Turner on Saturday.

There were apartments above Turner’s law office in the building in downtown Harlan, so the fire left six people without homes, according to Leslie Bledsoe, head of an organization called With Love From Harlan.

The charity was working Monday to find homes for the people — a single mother with one child and four other women — and to raise money to help them, Bledsoe said.

“Many of them left the building only with the clothes on their backs, and were thankful just to get out alive,” Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley said in a Facebook post.

Harlan police arrested Adam Mills, 22, on charges of first-degree arson, first degree wanton endangerment and fleeing from police.

Lt. Mitchell Alford said in an arrest citation that Mills,

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Elected officials travel to Mexico, Hawaii amid COVID-19 spike

Critics argue some local leaders are sending the wrong message to the community by traveling out of state during a critical stage of the pandemic.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten wore a blue Hawaiian print shirt while sitting on a sunny balcony during a Nov. 10 board meeting on Zoom.

“This is the beginning of day three and we’re having a great time!” Schouten said in the meeting. “The weather has been great. The sun has been warm.”

Schouten is one of several elected officials in Oregon facing public backlash after vacationing in Hawaii and Mexico as coronavirus cases surged at home, resulting in travel warnings and additional restrictions.

“I was taking a vacation and I was doing everything that the law says you can and can’t do,” said Schouten.

Schouten said he returned home from Hawaii last week and will quarantine for two weeks.

“We’ve all

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Newly elected officials forced to resign North Miami jobs

North Miami’s city attorney “erroneously” told employees they could run for elected office without resigning their positions with the city, according to a memo issued Tuesday. Four employees could now lose their jobs.

Two city employees who were recently elected in other cities — Daniela Jean as a commissioner in North Miami Beach and Linda Julien as a councilwoman in Miami Gardens — resigned from their positions Friday after the city attorney, Jeff Cazeau, issued an opinion that said they could no longer work for North Miami.

Jean was an administrative coordinator in the risk management department and Julien was an economic development manager. Julien said she had previously been told there was nothing stopping her from running for office in Miami Gardens while keeping her job in North Miami, even if she was elected.

“If I was told otherwise, I would have prepared myself,” Julien told the Miami Herald,

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Menefee elected as first African-American Harris County Attorney

Christian Menefee was elected Harris County’s youngest and first African-American county attorney on Tuesday, eight months after he defeated incumbent Vince Ryan in the Democratic primary.

a man wearing glasses and a suit: Harris County Attorney-elect Christian Dashaun Menefee

© Jill Karnicki, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Harris County Attorney-elect Christian Dashaun Menefee

With the full unofficial results tallied, Menefee bested Republican John Nation by more than 141,000 votes.

The 32-year-old Kirkland & Ellis litigator pitched himself as a progressive advocate eager to work on issues, including bail reform.

“I ran for this office because I saw that it has a real opportunity to impact life for everyday people,” Menefee said Wednesday. “In every issue, the way I will approach it is, ‘how does this affect the collective good of the people of Harris County?’”

Menefee, who has never held public office, told the Houston Chronicle editorial board he wants to aggressively pursue polluters and also be a strong advocate of local

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