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Newly elected Contra Costa County District Attorney Bob Kochly named three longtime deputies Tuesday to help him lead his administration, including the first African-American prosecutor to be promoted to the office’s senior rank. That distinction goes to David Brown, a prosecutor who has been at the office for 17 years. Brown got a death verdict in one of the county’s most highly publicized homicides: the March 1998 robbery and murder of Lafayette homemaker Janet Daher. Brown, who has supervised the insurance fraud, preliminary hearing and western region operations, will be the senior deputy in charge of the Richmond office. Dennis Murphy, the prosecutor who previously had that role, will supervise the eastern and central county operations. Brian Baker, who has worked at the office for more than 18 years, will be the chief deputy district attorney — the No. 2 in the office. Baker was most recently in charge of east and central county operations and was a staunch supporter of Kochly’s during the hard-fought district attorney race last year. It was widely rumored that he would get Kochly’s nod for the post. Paul Sequeira, who has been at the office for 18 years, was promoted to senior deputy. He will manage all superior court operations. Previously, Sequeira supervised the superior court trial, sexual assault and homicide teams. Sequeira also worked on Kochly’s campaign. This team will best meet the needs of the office, Kochly said. “I thought about it a lot and looked at a lot of options,” said the new DA, adding that he considered hiring outside of the office for the posts. These promotions “will give us some fresh perspectives because these people are new to [high-ranking] management posts,” he said.

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