Wesley Cheung Selected to Lead Prosecution Unit

Published on January 03, 2022


City Attorney Yibin Shen has promoted Wesley Cheung to Assistant City Attorney and selected him to lead the Prosecution Unit of the Alameda City Attorney’s Office. Mr. Cheung enters the role after serving as a felony prosecutor with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office and more recently as a Deputy City Prosecutor in the Alameda City Attorney’s Office. The Alameda City Attorney's Office’s Prosecution Unit, first established by the City Council in 2019 and reaffirmed by the voters in 2020, is responsible for filing and prosecution of misdemeanor crimes committed in the City. Examples of such includes sexual battery, drug possession, driving under the influence, burglary, assault, and certain weapons charges. The Unit is further charged with educating the public and enforcing laws governing fair housing and consumer protection.

“We are thrilled that Mr. Cheung has agreed to lead the Prosecution Unit,” said City Attorney Yibin Shen. “Having served as a prosecutor in this office, Mr. Cheung is very familiar with Alameda. His experience, which has included significant work on building this first in Northern California prosecution program, makes him ideally equipped to work with the Alameda Police Department (APD), the Rent Program, our many housing and consumer protection colleagues, the courts, and the community as the criminal justice system continues to adapt to new approaches for ensuring public safety.”

During his time with the City, Mr. Cheung has distinguished himself in helping build the City’s ground-breaking Prosecution Unit. In just two years, the Unit has reviewed close to 700 case referrals from APD and secured countless convictions including convictions for sexual battery with sex registration consequences, driving under the influence, brandishing of weapons and fire arms, shoplifting, assault and many others. The Unit has also taken affirmative actions, including the filing of enforcement actions, to secure fair housing rights for victims and deter consumer fraud.   

“I welcome this opportunity to serve the City in this new role. I feel uniquely qualified to continue to represent the People of the State of California, along with my distinguished colleagues in the Prosecution Unit, to enhance public safety, bring justice to victims, effectuate fair housing for all, protect consumers from fraud, work with leaders in the community to better serve our constituents, and help move the City forward as we work towards a criminal justice system that is equitable, transparent, and provides justice for all,” said Assistant City Attorney Wesley Cheung.

Mr. Cheung holds a B.A. from the University of California, Davis and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

To reach the Prosecution Unit of the Alameda City Attorney’s Office, call 510-747-4772 or email cityprosecutor@alamedacityattorney.org.

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