There were cheers and hugs in the District Attorney’s office on the Friday that Jeff Rosen’s victory over Dolores Carr was announced.
Rosen spent Monday and Tuesday walking from desk to desk shaking hands with everyone in the office, and leaving handwritten notes for those who were out. Since he’d been on leave for the campaign, Rosen wasn’t carrying his entry badge, so the DA-elect had to go to the office’s information desk and be issued a visitor’s badge.
When he returned on Tuesday, he didn’t have a county-issued parking spot, so he went in to get a placard and returned to a ticket on the dash. Rosen says he wants to talk to the officer who issued the ticket, not to ask for a break but because the timekeeper wasted no time in writing the summons.
“That kind of efficiency is one thing my office needs,” Rosen deadpans.
He doesn’t seem to be getting much support either from DA Carr, who hasn’t called to congratulate, concede or offer support during the transition, which will last more than six months.
Carr’s concession statement touted her own role as the county’s first female DA and called the voters “deeply divided” while neglecting to mention Rosen. At a subsequent event of the law enforcement association PORAC, Carr sat near Rosen without saying hello or mentioning her successor in her remarks.
Rosen, who will be prosecuting the Mark Achilli murder case before assuming the top slot, may have to rely on Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Buller, who was on hand on Rosen’s first day back to congratulate him.
Still, Rosen cracks, “he’s three levels above me,” echoing a reported comment before the Bench Bar Media group by Dolores Carr, who hasn’t been returning media phone calls, that challenger Rosen was “four levels below me.”