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Document: Nassau DA's clash with new Mangano aide

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, whose office has an ongoing investigation of Long Beach’s civil service system, declined to comment when County Executive Edward Mangano hired former City Manager Charles Theofan last month.

But the Democratic DA had something to say in 2010 after the Republican city manager wrote her that the expected arrest of a young Long Beach employee would be a “terrible mistake.”

The city would stand behind the employee “one hundred percent,” he said.

Rice wrote back (letter posted below) that she would not be affected “by political threats;” that she found Theofan’s letter “to be inappropriate and inconsistent with your role as a government official sworn to uphold the law;” and that his opinion “is of absolutely no import” to her office.

“My job as Nassau County’s chief law enforcement official is not a popularity contest and our investigative and prosecutorial decisions are not made after consultation with non-agency personnel,” she wrote.

Any decision “would be made based on the outcome of our investigation and not based on the popularity of the city employee involved.”

Subsequently, the employee was charged with a misdemeanor and later acquitted.
Neither Rice nor Theofan would comment.

Rice Theofan Letter

Tags: Nassau , district attorney , Kathleen Rice , Long Beach , Charles Theofan , Edward Mangano , civil service

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