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Cooley promotes prosecutor seeking to replace him in next year's election

March 2, 2011 |  5:40 pm

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley announced Wednesday that he is promoting a prosecutor, one of several candidates seeking to replace him in next year’s election, to the No. 2 position in his office.

Assistant Dist. Atty. Jacqueline Lacey, who announced in January that she would run for the job, is scheduled to take over as Cooley’s chief deputy next month, according to a statement released by Cooley. She will replace John K. Spillane, who held the position for five years and is moving to become the head deputy at the San Fernando branch office.

Others who have announced they are running for district attorney are Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson, Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers, and Mario Trujillo, the deputy in charge of the D.A.’s Bellflower office.

Cooley has not publicly ruled out seeking a historic fourth term as district attorney.

-- Jack Leonard

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