Inyo DA terminates his assistant


Will Richmond served as the Alpine DA and worked as an environmental attorney throughout California, including Mono County.

On Monday, Inyo District Attorney Art Maillet walked into his assistant’s office and handed him a letter of termination.  This, according to Assistant DA Will Richmond.

When contacted by Sierra Wave, Richmond confirmed that he was terminated, and that Maillet handed him the notice and said he “had no time to talk about it.”  Richmond came to the Inyo DA’s office about a year ago after the former assistant was placed on administrative leave and then retired after a controversy over the release of documents on his boss’s political opponent.

Richmond said he had no notice or warning of the termination, and he said he had no information on what was on the DA’s mind.  Richmond said he had come to Inyo to work in the DA’s office to “help a friend, Art Maillet, and to do some good.  It was not for financial reasons,” said Richmond.

Asked to explain why he thought he was terminated, Richmond did say, “There was an obvious opinion on how to manage the office and how to be an effective prosecutor. I cut it a little thin for his tolerance,” said Richmond. Before Richmond arrived, citizen comments and confidential remarks from the legal community pointed to a “dysfunctional” DA’s office with serious human relations problems among staff.  Mr. Maillet has refused to speak with local media and so we could not publish a response from him to these issues.

Richmond is the former District Attorney for Alpine County and worked as a government-funded environmental attorney.  He had worked closely with Mono DA George Booth on matters involving the Owens Gorge and the dispute with DWP.

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24 Responses to Inyo DA terminates his assistant

  1. LawAbiderInsider October 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Mr. Richmond, you’ve earned our respect, by having the right stuff and doing your job. Two words come to mind: Wrongful Termination. On the other hand Mr. Maillet, show me a recall petition and I’ll be first in line to sign.

  2. inyo's finest October 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Isnt his name William??? Either way Will or William…….THANK YOU!!!

  3. inyo's finest October 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    WhenI was a victim of a drunk driver i believed nothing would be done about it because i dont have the best record with the D.A.’s office. However to my surprise William handled the case nicely. I was treated alot better than I would have been had Art handled it. I appreciate everything William did for my friend and I. It will sure be a loss for inyo with William out of that office. Art couldnt stand to have a fair honest person in his office. It most likely made him uncomfortable knowing that a honest, trust worthy man was looking over his shoulder. Thanks to William I saw justice, of course i wanted to see the lady face more severe consequences, but i was glad to see that something was done. Thank You William!!!

  4. stick October 12, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    No body works together in the DA’s Office! There are many unhappy people working there and their disfunctional leadership conveys that. We need an outside attorney to run for DA and shake the disfuctional tree that keeps growing inside the DA’s office. RESIGN MAILLET and get rid of your Deputy DA as well. It’s Inyo’s loss that Richmond was terminated, that just shows the Maillet doesn’t give a hoot about Inyo County. Mr Richmond didn’t need to come here, but he did to help out his friend and to try and make a positive change. And all he got was a knife in his back!! Let me guess that vindictive Deputy District Attorney had some part in the decision to terminate Richmond, since time has proven that Maillet cant make a decision on his own.

    • Stephen October 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

      Rumor has it that the DA’s right hand, heir apparent & inside man, who probably led the coup de grâce against Richmond (this is opinion only), will be promoted to Assistant DA. WOW. Its sad that in a nice place like Inyo county the divisive continue to lead and get the upper hand in the DA’s office and more of the same.

  5. Tourbillon October 11, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    The answer to the repeated question of “how does Maillet still have his job” is easy. After having served a prior term as D.A., the citizens of Inyo County came to know and like his performance so much that instead of recalling him, they reelected him less than a year ago, by a rather wide margin. And despite months of grumbling since then, no recall effort has been launched. So now you know. Maillet has his job because we have a democracy.

    • Bob Loblaw October 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

      Let’s not bypass the fact that he won by a “wide margin” in a race against a tweeker, who has been popped for being spun in court.

      • RECALL October 13, 2011 at 11:09 am #

        Actually, considering Mr. Harvey’s late entry into the race, his “colorful” past, and all the false accusations that the DA’s Office made public, he did pretty well with 1339 votes out of 4949, 27%. People don’t care about the DA’s office, until they’ve been hurt by it. You have to wonder why there are no local attorneys willing to even run for this position. Also, how many remember that all the assistant DA’s quit when Maillet was first elected, that’s how we got the losers in there in the first place.

      • John Barton October 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm #


        The DA has made it clear by his actions that he does not intend to run again. He stinks more by the day and had people known what they know now, that “wide margin” would not have existed. In the sales world I think they call it a bait and switch. Either way the citizens will be better served once this clown is out.

      • RECALL October 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

        Oops, I get it now, the irony escaped me!

  6. educator October 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    How the heck DOES Art Maillet still have a job? He is an ego-maniac and someone needs to put him in his place. I would definately vote for a recall on this man. How do we get started?????

    • RECALL October 12, 2011 at 9:57 am #

      To start a Recall, call the County Clerk’s (Kammi Foote) office to request instructions. Twenty “proponents” are needed to sign the petition to get started, along with the reasons for the recall, for example, mismanagement, abuse of power, abuse of prosecuterial discretion, fabrication of charges, etc. I’m sure there are alot of people out there with laundry lists of problems, you just have to get them together. Then you file the paperwork and collect signatures. Approximately 2,380 signatures (registered voters) are needed, so extra should be collected. There also has to be some candidates willing to run.

  7. Bomber October 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    So what does Wayne Deja think bout this???

  8. JJ October 8, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    How the hell does Maillet still have a job? That’s sad!

  9. East Sierra Law October 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Will Richmond is one of the most brillant,decent and honest men I have ever known. When DA Maillet picked him for his assistant, I thought that the Inyo DAs Office would finally be on the mend. Clearly I was wrong. It will take a decade for the office to recover from the damage done by Art Maillet.

    There should be a mandatory mental health exam given to Maillet. He would of course fail.

    Recall him now before he gets Inyo County sued like Mammoth.

  10. RECALL October 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    This doesn’t have anything to do with the battery investigation and the Sheriff’s Office does it?

  11. Grrrr! October 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Some “friend”, Mr. Richmond. I’m guessing you have a conscience that he didn’t know about.

  12. RECALL October 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Uncle Art should be recalled. The county and its citizens can’t afford this man’s blunders for another 3 years.

  13. Dennis October 6, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Mr. Richmond is a solid atttorney. He is capable of doing his job, only problem his hands have been tied by his higher ups on too many occasions. He will be missed.

  14. Stephen October 6, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Mr. Richmond was a solid performer from my observations and his absence will be detrimental to the good will that was established with other criminal justice participants. He had a level, even-handed approach. Almost certainly it will go back to more of the same the DA’s office is known for, an extremely caustic and unprofessional practice in this writer’s opinion.

    • Jaymo October 11, 2011 at 8:07 am #

      Stephen really hits the nail on the head. Richmonds termination is a loss to the entire Inyo Co. Justice System and spells continuing problems for agencies that interact with the dysfunctional D.A.’s Office.

  15. Gronk October 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Boy Maillet has really lost it. The guy has locked himself in his office and won’t talk to anybody, including other County officials. I think he has a head problem. I know of some law enforcement people who have asked to see certain old files that are in the possession of the DA, but he has refused to allow it. I sure hope some qualified attorney runs for DA in the next go-around.

  16. Dee Younger October 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    What a shame. Will is a true gentleman and I’m sure an able ADA.

  17. Ted Schade October 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    I have known Will Richmond for many years. Inyo County was lucky to have a public servant as knowledgeable and dedicated as Will. Too bad such talent was not appreciated.


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