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Kevin V. Ryan

Born: c. 1958

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Attorney, Government
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Attorney, Northern Calif., 2002-07

Long in charge of Alameda County's Violent Crime Suppression Unit, Kevin Ryan succeeded Robert Mueller as US Attorney for Northern California in 2002. Yet Ryan clashed with his staff, and was fired from the position in 2006, with low office morale and widespread complaints about his management style cited as reasons for his dismissal. The firing took place in conjunction with, but was unrelated to, the politically-motivated sack of eight other US Attorneys.[1] After a year in private practice, Ryan joined Gavin Newsom's second term as head of the Office of Criminal Justice, tasked with curtailing a murder rate that had doubled during Newsom's first term.


[1] "The 'company man' hired and fired by the Bush administration as U.S. attorney in San Francisco was a loyal Republican the administration wanted to keep on -- until it appeared he could become a public relations liability." Maura Dolan, "Bush Loyalist Among Fired US Attorneys", The Los Angeles Times, 22 March 2007. "Former U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan of San Francisco was seen by prosecutors on his staff as 'retaliatory, explosive, noncommunicative and paranoid', and his firing in December 2006 was fully justified, the Justice Department's inspector general said Monday." Bob Egelko, "Report: US Attorney Ryan's Firing Justified", San Francisco Chronicle, 30 September 2008.

Wife: (m., two sons)

    High School: Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, CA
    University:
BA, Dartmouth College (1980)
    Law School: JD, University of San Francisco (1984)
    Teacher: University of San Francisco
    Administrator: Trustee, Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco, CA

    California State Official Director, Office of Criminal Justice, San Francisco (2008-09)
    Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Natsis Partner (2007-08)
    US Attorney Northern District of California (2002-07)
    California State Official Judge, San Francisco Superior Court (1999-2002)
    California State Official Judge, San Francisco Municipal Court (1996-99)
    California State Official Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County (1985-96)
    Irish Ancestry


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