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SAN JOSE — Santa Clara prosecutor Stephen Gibbons will return to District Attorney George Kennedy’s six-member executive management team. Kennedy announced the move Monday after reviewing a series of internal candidates for the position. Gibbons replaces David Davies, who retired in December. Gibbons, who now oversees the white-collar crime unit as a supervising deputy DA, will keep the same job duties as an assistant. Gibbons had held the rank of assistant when he was overseeing the prosecutor’s family support division. In July, when that unit was severed from the DA’s office, Gibbons opted to stay with Kennedy as a supervising deputy. Chief Assistant DA Paula Kuty said Gibbons will return to assistant status on Monday. “Steve is completely unflappable,” Kuty said. “I have never heard him grumble or groan when he was asked to take on really difficult responsibilities. He maintains a very optimistic outlook. He is very creative and very steady.” Gibbons will continue to supervise the welfare fraud, insurance fraud, elder abuse and major fraud units. He will also oversee the high-tech crimes unit and the mediation and consumer protection unit, where three mediators and 19 volunteers field inquiries from the public about unfair business practices and false advertising. Davies had supervised homicide and sex crimes, but Kennedy assigned those duties to Assistant DA Karyn Sinunu. Gibbons, 46, is a 14-year veteran of the office. Before that, he worked as a forensic auditor for the state of California. He graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. In a press release, Kennedy said Gibbons “will receive a slight pay decrease by joining the county executive management group.” Assistants now earn a base pay of $173,076. Supervising deputies have a union contract that calls for them to earn up to $181,000 beginning in August. “One has to look at that situation for the long run, and I am happy to do my part for the budget crisis,” Gibbons said.

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