Placer County acting assistant DA to run for top job

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 3B

Placer County’s Acting Assistant District Attorney, Ronald “Scott” Owens, has announced that he is seeking the office’s top job in the 2010 elections.

Longtime District Attorney Brad Fenocchio announced in September that he plans to retire, and backs Owens’ campaign.

“I can think of no better person to be the next district attorney of Placer County than Scott Owens,” Fenocchio said.

Owens, 45, has been working at the District Attorney’s Office since 1990. The county’s law enforcement agencies need a district attorney who will continue to support their field work, Owens said.

“In addition, the prosecutors in our office need a district attorney who will support them in their pursuit of justice for the victims of crimes,” Owens said.

Owens said one of the issues he plans to tackle as district attorney is elder abuse.

As the budget tightens in a lean economy, Owens said, the office will also have to explore ways of maximizing fewer resources.

“Scott has a great understanding of criminal justice,” Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner said.

As a deputy district attorney, Owens prosecuted some high-profile cases, including the Colfax bombing case that made national headlines in 1995. Following a successful case that included homicide, carjacking, kidnapping and bank robbery, Owens was chosen by his peers in 1998 as the “Prosecutor of the Year.”

Owens grew up in the Auburn-Colfax area, earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento, and attended McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. He received a juris doctorate in May 1989.

Before joining the District Attorney’s Office, he worked as a group counselor to juvenile delinquents at the Probation Department.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

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