On September 12, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors selected Superior Court Judge Diana Becton to serve as the County's Interim District Attorney. Judge Becton will serve the remainder of the District Attorney's current term of office, which will expire on January 7, 2019.
The Board of Supervisors launched an open process for the recruitment of a new District Attorney in June, following the resignation of Mark Peterson. Supervisors narrowed the initial applicant pool to five finalists, who answered questions in a public forum on August 15.
During the Board meeting on September 12, the finalists took part in a public interview process. At the conclusion, Supervisors selected Judge Becton. The other finalists were Danielle Douglas, Paul Graves, Thomas Kensok and Patrick Vanier.