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Jun 17, 2010 1:50 AM by Ariel Wesler

Dudley denies calling for Lynn's termination

It's been a rough week for the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office and today DA Elect Joyce Dudley spoke out for the first time, about the firing of Joshua Lynn.

On Friday, Former Chief Trial Deputy Josh Lynn was told by acting D.A. Ann Bramsen that he was on paid leave. Then, yesterday Lynn was fired.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office is calling the dismissal of Chief Trial Deputy Joshua Lynn a personnel issue. A day after being notified he was being put on paid administrative leave, Lynn sent some kind of message.

"I received an email that appeared to have been addressed to every staff member in the district attorney's office I believe on Saturday," said Joyce Dudley during Wednesday's press conference.

Dudley would not discuss the contents of the email or release any information as to why Lynn was fired. She did say it had nothing to do with the recent campaign that bitterly divided the two candidates.

"That's what we're going to do now is move forward. The campaign's over. This is over. It's time to move forward and give the people of this county a sense of safety and justice they deserve," Dudley said.

She assures moving on means no repercussions against any staff member.

"People have an absolute right to politcally support whoever they want to support and there will be no response from the administration in any negative way or positive way," Dudley said.

Dudley would not go into details but said she and other staff were approached for input before Lynn was fired.

Lynn did not return our calls for comment today, but had said in an earlier statement, "I think Joyce is trying to get Ann to fire me, so she doesn't have to."

As Chief Trial Deputy, Lynn was an at-will employee, meaning he could be fired at anytime without cause.

Dudley is scheduled to be sworn in as the new district attorney Tuesday morning.


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