Incoming district attorney names team


San Mateo County District Attorney-elect Steve Wagstaffe has announced the names of three attorneys who will make up his management staff when he takes office in January.

Each appointee has worked in the district attorney's office for at least 23 years. "There are no rookies here," Wagstaffe said Wednesday.

Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti, who has been appointed to serve as Mr. Wagstaffe's chief deputy, has worked for the district attorney's office since 1983 in the sexual assault and domestic violence prosecution units.

Morley Pitt, who was hired in 1981, has most recently managed the county's Municipal Court branch office and the felony prosecution division. Mr. Pitt has been appointed to serve as Wagstaffe's assistant district attorney.

Albert Serrato, also appointed assistant district attorney, joined the office in 1987 after serving two years as an FBI agent. He has prosecuted cases in the narcotics vendors unit and the juvenile prosecution unit, and was one of the first prosecutors to specialize in domestic violence cases.

Mr. Wagstaffe is taking over as district attorney upon the retirement of James Fox, who has been in that position for 28 years.

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