San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis officially leaves office in 'walk out' ceremony

Posted at 1:37 PM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 16:38:32-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The nearly 15-year tenure of San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis officially came to an end Friday, and her exit came as part of a "walk out" ceremony at the County Hall of Justice.

Dumanis, who has served as the county's top law enforcement official since 2003, announced her resignation in April. Dumanis was the nation's first openly gay district attorney at the time of her election, and she was also the county's first female district attorney.

In a statement released by the district attorney's office, Dumanis said: "Serving as District Attorney has been an absolute privilege and one of the highest honors of my professional life. Working as DA alongside an incredibly talented group of professionals for nearly 15 years to deliver justice to the people of San Diego has been a richly rewarding experience. Together, we have been leaders in change and a voice of justice for so many. I'm very proud of the unparalleled crime prevention and public outreach programs we've put in place and our unwavering commitment to supporting victims of crime."

Dumanis, a Thomas Jefferson School of Law graduate, began her career at the district attorney's office as a clerk typist. In 1978, she was hired to the position of deputy district attorney.

In 1990, Dumanis was appointed a Superior Court Referee. Four years later, Dumanis was elected Judge of the Municipal Court.

Dumanis moved on to the position of San Diego Superior Court judge in 1998 and served in that role until taking office as county district attorney in 2003.

Last month, Chief Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan was chosen to serve as the interim Deputy District Attorney.