The office of District Attorney for the County of El Paso is the most powerful elected office in El Paso.
The Mayor? He has to do what the City Manager tells him.
County Judge? Nice work if you can get it, but limited power.
The DA is working every day. She’s got her own investigators, who carry guns and badges.
The District Attorney decides which crimes get prosecuted, and who walks.
The DA is integral in deciding whether ethics charges against other elected officials are forwarded to the State.
The District Attorney has relationships with law enforcement agencies, on both sides of the border.
And the DA operates behind the veil of law enforcement secrecy. She can legally refuse to divulge any information that would hinder the investigation or prosecution of crime, and that’s a pretty big blanket.
El Paso has a new District Attorney. Jaime Esparza was the El Paso County District Attorney for 28 years. Yvonne Rosales was sworn in on January 1, 2021.
28 years is along time to ingrain a culture.
Changing corporate cultures is traumatic. Axe and scalpel and guillotine are all appropriate tools for changing cultures. So are hugs and kisses.
And the prosecutors’ work doesn’t stop. The legal cases are ongoing. Ms. Rosales is juggling chainsaws and pulling the nine to five.
Ms. Rosales tenure should be interesting. Let’s pay attention.