Appointment of City’s First Full-Time Prosecuting Attorney
Source: Ariel Calonne, Santa Barbara City Attorney
Santa Barbara City Attorney Ariel Calonne today announced the appointment of the city’s first full-time prosecuting attorney, Denny Wei. Mr. Wei will join the City on June 17, 2019, as the Assistant City Prosecutor.
Denny Wei is currently a Senior Assistant City Attorney with the Burbank City Attorney’s Office. Mr. Wei worked prosecuting state misdemeanors and local code offenses in the City of Burbank’s Criminal Prosecution Unit between 2006 and 2018. He served as the Unit’s supervisor for almost ten of those years. He has extensive experience working to remediate substandard housing. He also worked with Burbank’s Mental Health Evaluation Team to address crimes stemming from people suffering from mental illness. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Criminal Law at Glendale University College of Law. Mr. Wei is currently handling civil litigation for Burbank. Before serving Burbank, Mr. Wei served as a Deputy District Attorney in San Benito County from 2000 to 2006, handling a wide variety of cases ranging from misdemeanors to violent felonies.
City Attorney Calonne commented, “We are fortunate to bring such an exceptionally well-qualified prosecutor to Santa Barbara. Denny will bring a new level of credibility and professionalism to the City’s enforcement actions.”
Mr. Wei is a graduate of the Whittier College School of Law and the University of California at Santa Cruz.