County of Santa Cruz
"To Promote and Ensure Public Safety Through Ethical and Just Prosecution"
Bob Lee was elected Santa Cruz District Attorney in 2002. He began his career as a prosecutor in 1985 as an Assistant District Attorney in Monterey County. He then joined the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office in 1988 where he worked as Assistant District Attorney for 14 years. He has also been a member of the Special Prosecution Unit, Supervisor of the Preliminary Hearing and Superior Court Felony Team, and lead attorney in charge of Child Molestation and Adult Sexual Assault Prosecution.
As District Attorney, Bob Lee has partnered with other agencies to create and promote specialized task forces including the Gang Task Force and the Elder Abuse Task Force. Bob Lee has also developed and enhanced specialized units within the DA's office to prosecute gangs, sex offenders, elder and domestic violence abusers, as well as consumer protection and environmental cases.
A native of Santa Cruz, Bob is the youngest of four brothers. Graduating with academic honors, Bob obtained his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration in 1980 from the California State University at Sacramento, and his Juris Doctorate in 1984 from the University of Santa Clara. Currently he resides in Santa Cruz with his wife Barbara.