Jenna Grigsby has been appointed as Chief of the Criminal Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office, civic officials announced this week.
Grigsby has served for more than 10 years as a Deputy City Attorney, including two stints as the interim chief of the division, which is responsible for prosecution of only misdemeanor crimes committed in Santa Monica. These includes family violence, drug possession, driving under the influence, burglary, assault, and quality of life crimes.
"We are thrilled that Jenna has agreed to take on duties as the Criminal Division Chief," said Interim City Attorney George S. Cardona after selecting Grigsby for the post. "Having served as a prosecutor in this office for more than 10 years, she is familiar with Santa Monica. Her experience makes her ideally equipped to work with the Santa Monica Police Department, social services providers, and the courts."
Before coming to Santa Monica in 2010, Grigsby worked in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office's Gang Unit to prepare cases for trial. After earning her J.D. from Loyola Law School, she served as a Public Service Corps Fellow for the Harriett Buhai Family Law Center.
Grigsby holds a B.A. degree from the American University. She replaces Nicole Gougis, who served as Criminal Chief since February 2019. Grigsby began her new post on June 20 with an annual salary of $ $216,972.