Diana Becton chosen as Contra Costa County DA

Diana Becton chosen as Contra Costa County DA

Diana Becton, a recently retired judge, has been selected as the new Contra Costa County district attorney and is slated to begin serving the county later this month.

One of five finalists, Becton was selected by the Board of Supervisors and was the top pick of three supervisors including John Gioia, West County’s representative.

Other finalists included Deputy District Attorney Paul Graves, who was the top pick of two supervisors, as well as Superior Court Judge Danielle Douglas, Contra Costa Assistant District Attorney Thomas Kensok, and Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Vanier.

The vote for a new DA follows the resignation of Mark Peterson on June 14 following a months-long scandal over the misuse of campaign funds that led him to plead no contest to a perjury charge.

The process of finding Peterson’s successor also suffered some controversy, with two finalists, including Becton, facing allegations of plagiarism in their applications.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Doug MacMaster has been serving
as interim district attorney since mid-June and did not apply for the DA position.

The current term of office for the DA expires on Jan. 7, 2019. The next election for DA will take place in June of 2018, with a potential runoff election in November of 2018.