District Attorney's Office

FY 2015-17 Performance Report

Department Mission Statement

The mission of the District Attorney's Office is to prosecute adult and juvenile offenders, provide services and support to victims, enforce consumer and environmental laws, provide legal and investigative support to other law enforcement agencies and disseminate public information about law enforcement.

Number of Cases Reviewed and Prosecuted

Victim Services Survey Results

Percent of Customer Survey Respondents Rating Services and Good or Better

Percent of Employees Rating Working for the County as Good or Better

Average Cost per Case

Completed Employee Evaluations

Percent of Performance Goals Met

FY 2015-17 Highlights

  • Implemented e-Subpoenas. 
  • Civilly prosecuted Embassy Suites for environmental offense/carbon monoxide emissions; have reached tentative settlement.
  • Successful continuation of Deferred Entry of Judgement Program. 
  • Robust volunteer attorney program. 
  • Implemented Officer-Involved-Shooting Task Force for San Mateo County. 

FY 2017-19 Goals

  • Institute Computer Crimes Unit. 
  • Increase diversity of attorney and inspector staff to reflect demographics of San Mateo County. 
  • Prosecution of Sunny Day Defendants.  The jury trials for the Sunny Day defendants have been scheduled. 
  • Implement electronic submission of police reports.  The next step in the trend toward “less paper” is electronic submission police reports to the DAO. 
  • Continue prosecution of environmental crimes. 

FY 2017-19 Challenges

  • Maintaining and storing electronic evidence.  With the exponential increase in electronic evidence from law enforcement body and patrol vehicle cameras, and the existence of surveillance cameras in commercial establishments and residences, the demands upon prosecutors will soar. 
  • Prosecution of DUI cases for marijuana users.  It is anticipated that Proposition 64, the initiative in support of the legalization of marijuana, will be approved by the voters in November of 2016. 

Ongoing Measure A

The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office was the recipient of Measure A funds for FY 2015-2016 and FY 2016-2017.  The Measure A monies have funded two full time prosecutors and an inspector who specialize in elder abuse investigations. One of the goals of the District Attorney’s Office is to educate members of the community about the signs of elder abuse and how our office prosecutes offenders. The unit prosecutors and investigator have met with bankers, realtors, physicians, social workers, psychologists, senior care managers, and professional fiduciaries to educate them about criminal elder abuse and to encourage them to report suspected abuse cases to the police and Adult Protective Services.

Budget Overview

FY 2015-16 Adopted

  • Total Sources: $18,692,825
  • Total Requirements: $33,715,624
  • Net County Cost: $15,022,799
  • Funded FTEs: 125.00

FY 2016-17 Adopted

  • Total Sources: $19,357,652
  • Total Requirements: $36,226,211
  • Net County Cost: $16,868,559
  • Funded FTEs: 128.00