Darcel Clark Biography
Darcel Clark is a New York attorney and prosecutor serving as the Bronx County District Attorney since 2016. She is the first woman to hold that office, and also the first woman of color to serve as a district attorney in the history of the State of New York.
Clark also served as a judge on New York City Criminal Court and subsequently on the New York Supreme Court in the Bronx and in that court’s Appellate Division.
Darcel attended New York City Public Schools and graduated from Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx. She was the first member of her family to attend college. She graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. Clark then attended law school at Howard University, graduating in 1986.
Darcel Clark Age
Darcel Denise Clark was born in 1962 in New York City, New York. She is about 56-57 years old as of 2019.
Darcel Clark Family
Clark was born to her father Daniel and mother Viola who were both community-oriented people. Her father was a grounds supervisor, and worked hard to provide for the family. Her mother was a nurse and was a member of the tenant patrol which was formed in 1975, to keep neighbors and their children safe.
Darcel Clark Husband
Darcel is married to First Grade Detective Eaton “Ray” Davis, a veteran of the New York City Police Department and graduate of John Jay College of the City University of New York.
Judge Darcel Clark
After law school, Clark returned to the Bronx, where she was hired as an assistant district attorney for Mario Merola, the Bronx County District Attorney at the time. There, she stayed under her immediate predecessor, Robert Johnson. She also served as supervisor of the Narcotics Bureau from 1993 to 1997 and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court bureau from 1997 to 1999.
New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani appointed Clark as a Judge for the Criminal Court for the City of New York in 1999 and she served for seven years. She was elected to the Supreme Court in Bronx County in 2006.
There, she served until Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed her serve as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the First Department of the New York Supreme Court in November 2012.
Darcel Clark Bronx DA
Clark finally decided to step down from the bench to seek election as the Bronx County District Attorney, following Johnson’s decision to step down to seek a judgeship one week after his win in the primary election in September 2015. This arose controversy
as much of the press perceived Johnson’s decision as orchestrated by the Bronx Democratic Party to avoid selecting the next district attorney in the primary.
Darcel however easily defeated her Republican opponent, Robert Siano, in the November 2015 general election, garnering 86.64% of the vote.
As the district attorney, she has vowed to implement reforms to address wrongful convictions, administrative backlogs, and problems surrounding Rikers Island, among others.
During her time as District Attorney, Clark has been marred by reports of cronyism and misconduct. Accounts revealed in May 2016 that she had rehired a friend who had been forced to resign from the District Attorney’s Office years prior after falsely impersonating a police officer, breaking a man’s nose, and fleeing the scene of a crime in a fit of road rage.
Further reporting revealed that Clark gave a prominent promotion and raise to the assistant district attorney responsible for the bungled prosecution of Kalief Browder among others.
Bronx County, New York will be holding general elections for county district attorney on November 5, 2019.
Darcel Clark Salary
Through her job as Bronx district attorney, Clark is believed to receive an incredibly good amount of money as her salary. Her actual annual salary is however not revealed.
Darcel Clark’s Net Worth
Clark is believed to be worth millions but there are no estimates on her net worth.