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Board Members

Meet our Attorneys

Devon Bell

Devon Bell

Title

President

What unit are they currently in?

East County Felony Team Supervisor

How long a DA?

14 years

Hobbies?

Running, Fitness and Travel

Why they want to serve on the board?

Recruitment and retention of top prosecutors is vital to the protection of Contra Costa County. I serve on the District Attorneys’ Association Board to ensure that the interests of our attorneys are represented and our voices are heard, allowing us to focus our energies on the fight for justice inside the courtroom.

Ryan Wager

Ryan Wager

Title

Vice President

What unit are they currently in?

Law and Motion Supervising Attorney, Director of Recruitment and Hiring

How long a DA?

14 years

Hobbies?

Spending time with family, traveling, and watching UCLA sporting events.

Why they want to serve on the board?

I am excited to return to the Association Board to represent our incredible attorney staff.  This includes advocating for pay that is commensurate with similar counties and reflective of the important work these attorneys do to keep this community safe.

Gillian Simmons

Gillian Simmons

Title

Secretary

What unit are they currently in?

Juvenile

How long a DA?

3 years

Hobbies?

Spending time with family,  reading, and being outdoors

Why they want to serve on the board?

I serve on the Board to ensure that the voices of all our attorneys are heard.

Saron Tesfai

Saron Tesfai

Title

Treasurer

What unit are they currently in?

Domestic Violence

How long a DA?

6 years

Hobbies?

Snowboarding, cooking, jazz, piano

Why they want to serve on the board?

I will ensure that our positive impact in the community is appreciated and that our members receive fair compensation. I want the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office to have a work atmosphere that attracts and retains the best attorneys in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Steve Bolen

Steve Bolen

Title

Representative  -Over 10 years

What unit are they currently in?

Brady Alert List Deputy

How long a DA?

31 years

Hobbies?

SF Giants season-ticket holder, hiking, gardening

Why they want to serve on the board?

I want to represent those prosecutors who have dedicated their careers to protecting the citizens of our county as demonstrated by their longevity and accomplishments.  The institutional memory and experience of this group is highly valuable to our county and should be compensated accordingly.  We must be vigilant in advocating for and defending the benefits we bargained for as career public servants.

Kristen Busby

Kristen Busby

Title

Representative – Under 10 years

What unit are they currently in?

Juvenile

How long a DA?

7years

Hobbies?

Hand washing & mask wearing

Why they want to serve on the board?

I am dedicated to ensuring my fellow association members’ interests are represented through union actions, especially county negotiations.

Amy Bailey

Amy Bailey

Title

Representative – Contract

What unit are they currently in?

East County Felony PX/Trial Team

How long a DA?

18 Months

Hobbies?

Ice skating, reading, wannabe sommelier, Oakland A’s season ticket holder

Why they want to serve on the board?

I serve to be a reliable point of contact and strong advocate for our office’s fixed-term DDAs. I will work to secure new opportunities and competitive benefits for new DDAs to attract the best talent and retain our current first-rate slate of fixed-term attorneys.