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DA says he still should be paid

Claims supervisors acted improperly in suspending him

District Attorney Jon Alexander is demanding his office back.

His Sacramento attorney sent a letter to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors on Thursday, insisting his suspension be revoked immediately.

Alexander was suspended without pay by the supervisors April 5, following the decision by a State Bar judge to place him on inactive status for practicing law after she recommended he be disbarred. 

The judge ruled that Alexander violated State Bar rules against communicating with a represented party, moral turpitude and suppressing evidence. The violations stemmed from a conversation he had with a woman facing drug-related charges after she went into his office unprompted with a voice recorder in her pocket. 

Alexander’s appeal of his recommended disbarment may not be resolved until next year.

The letter, written by attorney Rudy Nolen, states supervisors do not have the authority to suspend Alexander — only over the DA Office budget.

It also claims that even though Alexander cannot practice law, he can perform other functions of the DA’s job, such as managing the budget, applying for grants, developing programs and overseeing personnel.

For now, he cannot act as a prosecutor, typically a major duty for the DA in Del Norte’s small office.

County Administrator Officer Jay Sarina said Friday the letter will be forwarded to county counsel.

“(Counsel) would have to advise the Board in closed session,” said Sarina.

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