Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Merc’s Sean Webby jumps to DA’s office

When Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen was running for office in 2010, one of his criticisms of incumbent Delores Carr was that she had two full-time public information officers. It wasn’t the major issue in the DA’s race, Rosen but often pointed out that having two PIOs was a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Now, according to the Gilroy Dispatch, Rosen has hired Mercury News crime reporter Sean Webby as his new media coordinator, who will serve as the spokesman for the DA’s office to the news media.

Rosen broke the news to the Dispatch’s editorial board Tuesday morning. According to the Dispatch, Webby is expected to start in his new job in the next several weeks following a background check, said Lisa McCrary, the District Attorney's ombudsman who has handled press requests since former media coordinator Amy Cornell left for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department in July.

McCrary says she'll likely return focus to her regular duties, while Webby will take a "lead role" in responding to needs and questions from local media. Actual job duties, however, won't be delegated until Webby officially joins the office, she said.
"And then we'll get down to distributing the work load," McCrary told the Dispatch.

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