Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Brandenburg Mum on Chief Deputies So Far.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Bruce Daniels Journal Staff Writer


Big Changes Planned For Misdemeanor Prosecutions

District Attorney-elect Kari Brandenburg, hoarse but still elated the day after handily beating Republican L. Skip Vernon, pledged Wednesday to be a hands-on, open-door top prosecutor.

Brandenburg said she is likely to name three chief deputies, but declined to name who she has in mind because all are employed elsewhere.

One of those deputies will expand the outreach to neighborhood associations and the community begun by incumbent District Attorney Jeff Romero, whom she defeated in the June Democratic primary.

Brandenburg also said she plans "dramatic changes" in the way the District Attorney's Office handles misdemeanor prosecutions in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court an area about which she and some Metro Court judges sharply criticized Romero during the primary. …

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