After 20 years of serving the people of Tehama County, district attorney Gregg Cohen is calling it quits.
“I just felt it was time,” Cohen said. “I've really enjoyed doing what I do. And I just feel based on where I'm at professionally and kind of intellectually, it would be great to be able to do something else, perhaps something totally different.”
Cohen began working for the Tehama County District Attorney's Office in 1996 as a deputy district attorney, before being elected to office in 1998.
Before that, he worked as a prosecutor for the San Diego City Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
“I came up here originally thinking I would be up here in the area for about two years and then go back to the Bay Area which was home,” Cohen said. “But it's been 20 years. It's been a fantastic time for me and my family”
He says he's grown fond of the people of Tehama County, which is now home for him and his family.
“My plans are to stay,” he said. “I love it here. I particularly love Tehama county. I like very much the little city of Red Bluff. I'd like to see both grow and prosper. And I have no intentions of moving away.”
During his 20 years, Cohen says he's worked some pretty high-profile cases.
But one in particular, People vs. Andrew Hampton Mickel, stands out to him.
“That was a homicide where a 22-year old male came down from Burns, Oregon and assassinated a law enforcement officer here in Red Bluff, officer David Mobilio,” Cohen said. “His sole motivation was to make a political statement. It was a very tragic case.”
And even though he says it's been a great 20 years, he's ready to pass the torch over to someone new.
“So I think I've given as far as intellectually, professionally, certainly emotionally what I can to the office,” he said. “And I just feel that it's time.”
With his term ending at the beginning of next year, Cohen still has some time left as district attorney.
He says he’d like to work to make the DA's office as efficient as possible before leaving.