“In the end, much as we suspect will happen next week, there was a plurality for Rich Negrín, the city’s former managing director. Among the contenders, there has famously been a degree of unanimity on a number of issues, from bail reform to civil-asset forfeiture to re-entry programs. Yet, to our thinking, there is only one candidate who not only has the experience as a prosecutor in the DAO, but as a successful manager of multiple city agencies with hundreds of employees and multimillion-dollar budgets.
Last – and most crucially – Negrín has a well-established reputation in crisis management and as a turnaround specialist. In addition to fulfilling the requirements of being the city’s top law-enforcement official, the next DA will have to contend with a 600-person workforce that has been buffeted, targeted and demoralized by a constant stream of rumors, allegations and revelations about current DA Seth Williams’ activities. Rebuilding workplace morale, retaining and attracting top-flight staffers and re-establishing trust will be just as important within the DAO as it will be for dealing with a skeptical and disenchanted public. Most of the candidates in this race have solid credentials. But for these reasons, we endorse Rich Negrín for district attorney.”