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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 6, 2011
Kamala Harris makes key Justice Department appointments

110606 Larry Wallace.JPGAttorney General Kamala Harris has announced several senior Department of Justice positions, including Larry Wallace, the first African-American named director of the Division of Law Enforcement.

Wallace, a 25-year-veteran of law enforcement, worked with Harris as the former San Francisco district attorney's deputy chief of the bureau of investigations. He started his career with the Berkeley Police Department and spent a decade with the San Francisco Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

Other appointments that Harris announced include:

Wayne J. Quint, Jr., a 29-year-veteran of law enforcement, will serve as Wallace's assistant for external affairs. Quint has been president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs and president of the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Agencies, which represents 80,000 statewide peace officers in some 40 agencies. He retired from the Orange County Sheriff's Department after 29 years of service.

Jerry Szymanski, 37-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who retired as a commander, will serve as Wallace's assistant for evidence-based law enforcement. He spent time with LAPD's Narcotics, Commercial Crimes and Burglary-Auto Theft divisions.

Christopher Cunnie will serve as Harris' special advisor for labor and law enforcement. Cunnie spent 17 years as a patrol officer with the San Francisco Police Department and is a past president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association. He retired from his 30-year law enforcement career as undersheriff of San Francisco.

Suzy Loftus is a special assistant attorney general, working on criminal law issues and public safety policy. She also is the AG's primary liaison to local, state and federal law enforcement. As a San Francisco prosecutor, Loftus specialized in domestic violence, elder abuse and firearms cases in the San Francisco district attorney's office.

PHOTO: Larry Wallace, DOJ's new director of the Division of Law Enforcement. Source: California Department of Justice

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