Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election for a fourth term.
Her current term ends in early 2023. She has served in the Alameda District Attorney for 37 years and as a District Attorney since 2009.
Her office didn’t say why she was leaving or what she was going to do afterwards. She issued a statement mainly describing her achievements in office.
“I couldn’t be more grateful for the career I’ve made in the best prosecutor in the state and certainly one of the best in the nation,” she said in the statement.
O’Malley added that the office is respected by many and its respect is well deserved.
However, that year she was criticized for failing to charge former BART cop Anthony Pirone with the death of Oscar Grant. According to reports, the Grant family was about to launch a recall. In about 12 years, O’Malley has charged a police officer with a criminal offense.
She joined the district attorney in 1984 and became the first woman to be elected as the district attorney in Alameda County.
Her office said her legacy goes far and wide, including expanding the victim / witness section and opening the Family Justice Center.
The center primarily serves women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking, child abuse or abuse of the elderly / people in need of care.
In 2009, O’Malley introduced the national anti-trafficking initiative model called HEAT (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Watch.
She also started an academy for juniors and seniors of high school to help them find their passion. All participants attended college.
O’Malley led a state and national initiative to test forensic sexual assault kits that have not been tested in police hands.
She said her office has also “created more alternative courts to detention than any other county in the state and perhaps the country per capita.”
“We have consistently sought to ensure that the criminal justice system in California and Alameda Counties is more responsive, conscious and humane for defendants, crime victims, and witnesses to crime,” said O’Malley.