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I care about this community and your safety is my business. 

Our community continues to be one of the safest places to live in California, and in recent years we have seen a decrease in the severity of crime. Violent crime in Nevada County has decreased substantially since 2006, and the most recent FBI statistics show Nevada County as one of only nine California counties with a decreased crime rate in 2016.  However, public safety requires constant vigilance and a proactive approach through prevention as well as prosecution.   

I have spent the last twelve years working to create an office that emulates the qualities of ‘integrity, patience, and courage...doing what’s right… making decisions based on facts and the law…knowing which criminals to target.’ 

My Deputy District Attorneys and I take an especially strong stance against the criminal activities that threaten the quality of life in our community. 

A solid working relationship with law enforcement remains critical to the success of the office. Over the last eleven years, cooperation, communication and a team approach toward solving crimes and prosecuting criminals, has enhanced the effectiveness of law enforcement in Nevada County. 

We continue to implement programs to decrease recidivism, increase public safety, and address the “revolving door” within the population of the County Jail system.  

Nevada County Criminal Justice system faces many serious challenges.  

We are faced with dramatic challenges and changes to the criminal justice system due to “Realignment.” "Realignment" is the legislature’s mandate that we keep criminal offenders locally instead of sending them to prison in order to reduce prison overcrowding. While I fought against this law, the law passed, and has since been implemented.

"Realignment" continues to be a significant issue for the criminal justice system and a challenge to public safety. My past experience as a probation officer, trial attorney and the elected District Attorney make me uniquely-qualified to lead Nevada County through the upcoming challenges. 

I have efficiently operated the District Attorney’s office within budget every year. I have decreased full-time staffing levels, and created an office that does “more with less”. The District Attorney’s Office attorneys and staff continue to be good stewards of public funds by working hard and working smart. I will continue to squeeze every efficiency out of existing resources while maintaining a high level of public safety.  

My work is not finished.

The challenge of the future will be to continue to provide core prosecutorial services. To acclimate to the fiscal limitations we face, the DA’s Office will continue the sometimes unpopular process of streamlining our business processes. We have cut where possible without sacrificing prosecutorial integrity.  At no point will I voluntarily sacrifice public safety for economic expediency.

Although we have accomplished much in the last years, there is still work to be done in the administration of justice for the citizens of Nevada County.  

My vision for the District Attorney’s Office is one of optimism and readiness, and with your support, we can meet the challenges of the next four years.  I will continue to prosecute crime vigorously, hold criminal offenders accountable, and make sure the victims' voice is heard. 

Thank you for your support.

Thank you for your continued support and confidence in my ability to honestly and effectively perform the duties of the Office of the District Attorney in order to ensure the future well-being and safety of our community.

Cliff Newell 


Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 AM

The Union: Crime in Nevada County Remains Consistent

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:00 AM

The Union, In Other Voices: Closing the Revolving Door by Cliff Newell

Despite changes in the law and difficult state mandates in criminal justice, Cliff describes the challenges and the actions he has taken to turn low-level repeat offenders into productive members of society and close the revolving door.

Friday, February 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Tom Swisher: Reckless statements from candidate for District Attorney

I am a longtime subscriber to The Union and a retired criminal investigator from the Nevada County District Attorney's Office.
The Union recently published two articles regarding Mr. Jennings' announcement to run for the position of district attorney. In those articles he makes references to corruption in the office of the District Attorney. In my humble opinion I consider them to be completely untrue.

I have known Cliff Newell for several years. I have watched him rise from a young attorney to the position that he now holds as district attorney. I consider him to be honorable and honest to the core. In every investigation I was involved with, as always, he required it to be complete, thorough, and unbiased. He has never been one to rush to judgment and has always done what he believed to be in the best interest of the citizens of Nevada County.

I think Mr. Jennings should check the facts before making such reckless statements.

Tom Swisher
Grass Valley

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:00 AM

The Union: Sealed Documents Detail Allegations Against Former Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy

Sealed documents detail allegations against former Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:52 AM



Please join us for our Campaign Kick-Off on January 23 at 6pm!

Location: The fabulous Ol' Republic Brewery on Argall Way in Nevada City.

Live music and a no host bar - but the first keg is on Cliff!

The musical talents of Chris Kelly will rock us into the kick-off of the 2018 campaign!

We hear that Jim and Simon of Ol' Republic will be brewing that Thursday night.


Committee to Re-Elect Cliff Newell
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