Lisa A. Smittcamp was elected District Attorney in June 2014 with the overwhelming support of local law enforcement and the prosecutors and investigators in her office. She was unopposed in the 2018 election and is currently serving her second term as DA. She has been a respected fixture in the Central Valley’s legal community for over twenty years.
Mrs. Smittcamp is the second female elected as District Attorney in Fresno County. She joined the office as a Deputy DA in 2001 after a successful tenure in the Madera County DA’s Office and one year in civil practice.
As a trial prosecutor, she has had a reputation of being tough, fair, and well – prepared. She gained the respect of judges, fellow prosecutors and other lawyers at the onset of her career. Lisa is known at the Fresno County courthouse for her keen sense of justice and outstanding advocacy skills. She has successfully prosecuted some of the area’s most dangerous offenders – murders, rapists, domestic violence offenders and child molesters. She has also prosecuted many gang members and career criminals under California’s Three Strikes Law, resulting in life prison terms. One Fresno County Superior Court Judge was quoted as saying, “Lisa delivered the best closing argument in the history of the Fresno County Superior Court” after she successfully convicted a domestic violence offender of three counts of attempted murder with a firearm, where the victims included his wife, her mother and her brother.
Because of the passion she has for bringing justice to victims, the DA is known throughout the County for being a strong advocate against violence against women and children and has been a leader in educating the community about the importance of awareness to prevent these crimes.
During her tenure as District Attorney, she brought new structure, increased productivity and renewed morale to the office. Under her leadership, the District Attorney’s Office was able to add staff to assist the Superior Court in beginning a Veteran’s Treatment Court to assist justice involved Veterans in their rehabilitation. She is so dedicated to this court she assigned herself to be the courtroom prosecutor and has done so since the inception of the court.
Many additional units have been added under her leadership since 2015, including Major Fraud, Animal Cruelty, a post – Prop 47 drug court, a Violent Crime Unit.
Additionally, in conjunction with Chief Pat McPherson, DA Smittcamp developed the Public Integrity Unit and assigned a full-time prosecutor, DA Investigator and one part-time investigator to ensure that Fresno County is free from political corruption.
Continuing her mission to eliminate violence to women and children, DA Smittcamp joined forces with the Fresno Police Department VICE Unit, the EOC, Federal Law enforcement agencies and many local non-profit organizations to combat human trafficking by forming the Fresno County Human Trafficking Task Force that meets monthly to discuss investigations and cases involving both sex and labor trafficking, which often involves minor children. She has dedicated one Deputy DA’s and one DA Investigator to this unit, who not only prosecute these cases, but do outreach on education and awareness.
Under District Attorney Smittcamp’s leadership, her staff was able to create an internship program for both college students and law school students to work within the office. This program has been very successful in educating young people about the interworking of the office and inspired many to seek law enforcement related jobs.
She is the Chairwoman of the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC) Policy and Direction Team, a member of the Fresno-Madera Police Chief’s Association, the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program Advisory Board, the Community Corrections Partnership Committee, and the Fresno County Local Justice Coordinating Committee.
DA Smittcamp also serves her community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Marjaree Mason Center, as a member of the Board of Trustees of San Joaquin College of Law, as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of AMOR-Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief, that is planning a health and community center in Mendota, as a member of the Board of Directors for Breaking the Chains, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Valley Children’s Hospital. She is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Fresno.
Mrs. Smittcamp is married with two children and resides in Fresno County.