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D.A. to retain retired attorney

(Stephan Van Decker is retiring)…But, he is not going anywhere.

Van Decker is an attorney in the District Attorneys office. D.A. Gibert Otero told the Board of Supervisors he specialized in fraud cases. Otero said he is hiring a replacement for Van Decker, but it will take a while to train the replacement. He asked the Board for a resolution that would allow him to employ Van Decker on a temporary basis once he retires. A resolution is needed because Government Code sets a 180-day separation period between retirement and rehiring. The resolution is to declare only Van Decker can perform the critical duties needed right now. The Supervisors adopted the resolution on a 4-0 vote. Supervisor Ray Castillo did not attend the Board meeting.