CHUCK ROSENTHAL’S FORMER ASSISTANT CALLS IT QUITS!

KERRY STEVENS DECIDES TO RETIRED FROM THE OFFICE!

Chuck Rosenthal’s former secretary has resigned rather than report to the new job to which she was assigned by his replacement.

Kerry Stevens, who became widely known as the object of Rosenthal’s desire following the release of hundreds of his private e-mails, told the district attorney’s office that she was retiring effective Monday. She has been on authorized leave since she was informed she would be reassigned to the grand jury division.

Rosenthal was forced to resign as district attorney last month in the wake of the accidental release of a large batch of e-mails found on his county computer. Those e-mails included dirty and racist jokes, sexually explicit images, racist images and numerous affectionate messages directed at Stevens.

Kenneth Magidson, recently appointed to fill the remainder of Rosenthal’s term, expressed appreciation to Stevens for her years of public service and wished her well in future endeavors.

Stevens could not be reached for comment.

Stevens, 56, became a character in the drama surrounding Rosenthal’s downfall not only through their close relationship but because of questions of possible preferential treatment. At $89,500, her salary was higher than that of executive assistants for most local public officials, including the mayor and county judge, and she also received the use of a county car and free gas. Rosenthal approved an $11,500 raise for her just weeks before he stepped down.

Stevens started as a secretary in the district attorney’s office in 1979. She rose through the ranks and became Rosenthal’s executive secretary shortly after he took office in 2000.