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Christie leaves DA’s office

Another assistant has left the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Sandra Doorley confirmed Wednesday that James Christie has resigned. She declined to comment further, saying it is a personnel matter and that she cannot comment on personnel matters.

Christie could not immediately be reached for comment. Noah Lebowitz, the county’s director of communications, said that Christie had been with the district attorney’s office since 2001, and as senior assistant district attorney his salary was $82,376.

Christie is the sixth assistant to leave the office since Doorley was elected Nov. 8. Five assistants were let go Nov. 27: Paul Irving, chief of the arson bureau; Kristina Karle, chief, and Jason A. MacBride, deputy chief, both of the domestic violence and child abuse bureau; Matthew J. Rich, deputy chief, local courts; and Joseph D. Waldorf, an attorney in the appeals bureau.

They were kept on the payroll until the end of District Attorney Michael C. Green’s term Dec. 31. He and Doorley had discussed changes she wanted to make, he said at the time.

Green, who led the office for eight years, chose not to seek re-election last year because he was awaiting Senate confirmation on a federal judgeship that never came to fruition. The Senate adjourned Dec. 17 without acting on the nomination. A White House spokesman later announced President Barack Obama would not re-nominate Green who had his own press conference Dec. 19, blaming Republicans for blocking his nomination.

Green is now working for Doorley on a temporary basis to help with the office transition. Lebowitz said his title is chief of the appeals bureau at an annual salary of $111,416.

Green said last month that personnel changes happen in many district attorney’s offices around the state when there is a change in leadership. He suggested then that people should hold their criticism until Doorley introduces her team.

Doorley said she expects to announce her new team soon. Doorley, who has been with the office for 20 years, is the county’s first woman district attorney.

During her campaign, she had discussed plans to reorganize the office, including splitting the domestic violence and child abuse bureau into two divisions to more accurately reflect the different natures of the crimes.

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