Brooke Jenkins has been named the new San Francisco District Attorney by Mayor London Breed and will be sworn in on Friday after the city's former District Attorney Chesa Boudin, a far left progressive, was recalled in June.
Fox News reported that Jenkins was a former prosecutor for Boudin's office but eventually resigned last year after disagreements with her boss. She became a vocal critic of Boudin and joined the campaign calling for his removal.
Jenkins said of Boudin, "He is failing to prioritize public safety. He has made political policy positions more important than what is necessary to protect the citizens of San Francisco. We are seeing lives actually be lost as a result of his failed policies."
41-year-old Boudin was a first-time political candidate who was elected in 2019 with 50.8 percent of the vote as part of a national slate of progressive prosecutors who pledged police reform.
Soon after he was elected, San Francisco saw a rapid increase in cases of murder, violent crime, theft, shoplifting, burglaries, open-air drug markets and increased drug use.
Boudin was blamed for the uptick in crime due to what some described as soft policies on criminals disguised as criminal justice reform. The city was regularly featured in national news as the symbol of the failure of Democratic governance and eventually drove residents to mount the recall campaign.
Despite being recalled with about 60 percent of the vote, Boudin hasn't ruled out another run for office. Boudin said he felt he wasn't given a fair shake, pointing out that despite his short time in office, and was "attacked for literally everything that’s wrong in the city," including "things that have been wrong for decades."
Jenkins is set to be formally sworn in as San Francisco's District Attorney at 5pm local time on Friday.
On Friday, Jenkins took to Twitter to state her goals as the city's new District Attorney, urging for both "accountability" as well as "reform."
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