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Marin County’s longtime chief assistant district attorney, Michael Gridley, will retire next month, the DA’s office announced Friday. District Attorney Paula Kamena is promoting another veteran Marin prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Edward Berberian, the head of the criminal division, to fill the No. 2 spot when Gridley retires Jan. 16. Gridley said he’s retiring from the office where he’s worked for 32 years due to his partner’s serious medical condition. “It just isn’t fair to the office or to my partner to continue to do both.” Gridley was first appointed chief assistant DA 25 years ago by then-DA Jerry Herman, according to a statement from the office. When Herman retired in March 1998, the county’s Board of Supervisors appointed Gridley DA until the end of Herman’s term. Gridley, who did not run for DA, resumed his job as chief assistant when Kamena, the Herman-backed candidate, took office in January 1999. “Mike’s work ethic is a reflection of his life ethic: intensely loyal, tough yet compassionate, and a true team player,” Kamena said in a statement. “Mike has used his authority, wealth of knowledge and experience quietly, wisely and effectively.” Kamena appointed Berberian to his current post after her election, according to the office’s statement. A Marin County prosecutor since 1976, Berberian currently sits on the board of the Marin County Bar Association. “Ed and I have worked as a team for many years, starting in 1987,” Kamena said. “While Mike’s absence will leave a large void in this office, Ed is extremely qualified to assume the role of chief assistant.” Berberian said Kamena hasn’t determined who will replace him as head of the criminal division.

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