Newly installed District Attorney Jackie Lacey has assembled her management team, and relegated former rival Alan Jackson to a position where he would rarely see the inside of a courtroom.
"In placing these individuals in these assignments, I believe that our office will move forward with the vision, energy, drive and conviction to meet the challenges before us in achieving our core mission objectives of public safety and the pursuit of justice," Lacey wrote in an internal memo issued late Tuesday announcing the reshuffle.
During the sometimes rancorous campaign, Jackson had repeatedly touted his prosecutorial skills and courtroom experience as assistant head deputy of the DA's elite Major Crimes Division, and criticized Lacey as a mere administrator who had not tried a case in years.
On Tuesday, Lacey made him assistant head deputy of Central Trials 11, which means he will oversee the deputy district attorneys who prosecute felony cases in downtown Los Angeles.
Jackson, who had gained fame for winning murder convictions against Phil Spector and the man who arranged the murder of race car driver Mickey Thompson and his wife, could not immediately be reached for comment.
He earlier told the Los Angeles Times that the reassignment was a "move backward in my career" that was designed to remove him from the courtroom.
Jean Guccione, the DA's communications director, stressed this was not a demotion but a lateral move, as Jackson retains the title of assistant head deputy.
"Alan Jackson remains a member of the District Attorney's management team," Guccione said in an emailed statement.
"This new assignment provides an excellent opportunity for him to share his courtroom experience with other prosecutors," she added.
The new assignments take effect Jan. 7.