Lewis takes of­fice as Merced County’s new district attorney

Merced Sun-Star - - Los Banos Enterprise - BY AN­DREW KUHN [email protected]­ced­sun-star.com

Merced County’s new district attorney took the oath of of­fice Mon­day af­ter­noon in a cer­e­mony on the steps of the Merced County Court­house Mu­seum.

Kimberly Lewis takes over as the county’s top pros­e­cu­tor af­ter de­feat­ing in­cum­bent Larry D. Morse II in a land­slide vic­tory in June last year. Morse had held the po­si­tion since 2006.

“It is an honor truly to be part of the in­cred­i­ble his­tory that is the Merced County District Attorney’s Of­fice,” said Lewis as she ad­dressed sup­port­ers in at­ten­dance. “In par­tic­u­lar, I would like to ex­tend my thanks to Larry Morse II for 26 years of ded­i­cated ser­vice to Merced County.”

Lewis said she has thought most about the team­work needed in the jus­tice sys­tem while con­sid­er­ing her role in the District Attorney’s Of­fice. Es­pe­cially the al­le­giance among law en­force­ment and the district attorney’s of­fice she said.

“I’ve al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated the spe­cial bond that unites those who work for the com­mon good to make our com­mu­nity safe,” said Lewis.

Lewis said she will do her best to honor the work and sac­ri­fice of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers ev­ery day by fur­ther­ing their pur­suit of jus­tice.

Dur­ing her speech, Lewis said that she was hon­ored to re­ceive the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

“It is with the deep­est re­spect that I prom­ise to honor your con­fi­dence in me by work­ing to en­sure that your District Attorney’s Of­fice serves your com­mu­nity with the high­est level of in­tegrity, a sound work ethic and an abid­ing com­mit­ment to bring jus­tice to you,” said Lewis.

Morse will move on to work as the leg­isla­tive di­rec­tor for the Cal­i­for­nia District Attorney’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

AN­DREW KUHN [email protected]­ced­sun-star.com

Kimberly Lewis is sworn in as Merced County’s district attorney by re­tired judge Frank Dougherty dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Merced County Court­house Mu­seum in Merced, Calif., on Mon­day. Lewis ousted long­time in­cum­bent Larry Morse II to cap­ture the job.

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