Chesa Boudin was elected as district attorney in the Nov. 5, 2019 election. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Chesa Boudin to be sworn in as San Francisco DA in January

District Attorney-elect Chesa Boudin will not take office until early next year after winning the hotly contested race, Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday.

His primary opponent in the contest, interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus, said she offered to hand over the reigns immediately, but Boudin asked for time to prepare for the transition.

Breed said she agreed to have Loftus hold onto the position until Jan. 8 after meeting with Boudin and discussing “how we can work together to address the challenges facing our city.”

“I’m supportive of his request to have interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus stay to lead the office, which she has agreed to do,” Breed said in a statement. “Suzy continues to demonstrate her commitment to serving our city and will provide much-needed leadership during this transition.”

Before declaring victory over Loftus on Saturday, Boudin had called on the mayor to appoint the winner of the contest.

But on Tuesday, Boudin told reporters he was talking with the mayor to ensure a “smooth transition” for the office so that cases are not “lost in the shuffle.”

“There is a lot of work that needs to get done between winning an election and taking office,” Boudin told the San Francisco Examiner.

Boudin has also said he is planning to marry his fiance, UCSF researcher Valerie Block, this weekend and go on a honeymoon.

“I am honored that two of the best days of my life – San Francisco electing me to serve as their next district attorney and my wedding to Valerie – will fall within the same week,” Boudin said in a statement Wednesday. I have so much to celebrate.”

In a letter to staff at the District Attorney’s Office, Loftus said she decided to continue serving in the interim role after discussing the matter with her family.

“There are times in life when it feels like the degree of difficulty is higher,” Loftus wrote. “Transitions are often some of those times. And, in those times, I believe we are called to come together and rise to meet the occasion. Let’s rise to meet this one.”

Among the first challenges Boudin will face when he is sworn in to office is whether to charge the officers who shot a man in Ingleside in January 2017.

Last week, a federal judge ruled that the District Attorney’s Office had until Jan. 10 to make a decision in the police shooting of Sean Moore, Mission Local first reported Wednesday.

Boudin, a former deputy public defender and the most progressive of the candidates for district attorney, has questioned the decision not to charge the officers who fatally Mario Woods in 2015.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

S.F. Examiner Staff Writer Joshua Sabatini contributed to this report.

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