EDITOR: This year voters are being offered a choice on who they want to be their district attorney and how they want that office to prosecute crime, represent victims and ensure that our county remains a safe place to live and work.
The challenger appears to have been a bankruptcy attorney for over 10 years, working mainly in Placer County. Neither of us have ever met or worked with the gentleman, so we can’t really comment much on him. Both of us, however, have worked extensively with DA Vern Pierson and would like to offer some observations.
We met Vern when he ran for DA in El Dorado County in 2006. Like most cops, we did our homework and checked up on him with counterparts in Amador County. Everybody had very good things to say about him, including his boss, Amador DA Todd Riebe. We both actively campaigned to elect Vern as DA and got to know him well during a process where he proved himself to be everything Amador County said about him and more.
Since taking over as DA in 2007, Vern has been a whirlwind within El Dorado County’s legal system and has proven to be an excellent fit for our county. He assembled an office of talented and dedicated prosecutors that he oversees on a daily basis yet still finds time to meet with crime victims and take a personal interest in their cases. He personally prosecuted high profile cases like the Jaycee Dugard kidnap case and the murderer of CHP Officer Scott Russell while also ensuring a local man was not prosecuted improperly for a legitimate use of deadly force to save the life of a neighbor. He has continued working with legislators to protect victims and children from criminals and sexual predators, supports veterans’ causes, participates in and supports community causes and is personally training a crime victim support dog. Vern has steadfastly remained actively involved in bettering our communities and making it safer for all of us.
As readers might guess, this has been our personal and professional experience with Vern Pierson as a human being, candidate and district attorney. He still tells us to call him Vern and has always been willing to listen whenever we’ve had a question or issue to bring up. To sum it up, Vern has been a great district attorney for El Dorado County and we encourage you to reelect Vern Pierson as our District Attorney.
JOHN YAWS and GREG MURPHY
El Dorado Hills and Placeville