About Stacey Eads

Stacey Eads has over 20 years of experience that includes prosecuting nearly every type of criminal case, running the Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Crimes prosecution team, and most recently performing supervisory and administrative duties as the Assistant District Attorney while handling many of the most serious cases. Stacey is committed to promoting the safety and well-being of everyone in Humboldt County by fairly and equally prosecuting crime, while working collaboratively with others in the justice system to creatively address crime and the mental health crisis our community faces.

Stacey's photo of redwoods and ferns

After graduating from McKinleyville High School, Stacey took advantage of the opportunity to live abroad just outside Stockholm, Sweden. After a tremendous year of growth and education in Sweden, Stacey returned to Northern California to study at College of the Siskiyous. From there, Stacey transferred to University of California, Davis, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. After Davis, she returned to Humboldt and worked at California Indian Legal Services until beginning her legal studies at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. At McGeorge, Stacey excelled in Constitutional, Environmental and Water Law, she achieved membership in Traynor Honor Society and two academic years of Dean’s Honor Roll; she also gained experience by providing legal assistance as a Certified Law Student at Community Legal Services.

In 2001, Stacey returned home to Humboldt after law school and began serving as a Deputy District Attorney. After a year of prosecuting general misdemeanor crimes, Stacey became the Juvenile Justice prosecutor. During her 10+ years of work in Juvenile Justice, among other crimes she prosecuted: assault & battery, residential burglary, domestic violence, sexual assault, child molestation, assault with a deadly weapon and murder. In Juvenile Justice, Stacey gained valuable experience in supporting victims and promoting public safety, advocating for fair, consistent measures of accountability, and seeking the best ways to help offenders change their behavior.

In 2015, Stacey transitioned from prosecuting juvenile offenders to general felonies, and after a year she joined the Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Crimes prosecution team, which she now leads. Stacey’s career protecting the community from the most serious and violent offenders is well demonstrated by recent courtroom successes, such as keeping sexually violent predator Joshua Cooley at Coalinga State Hospital and off our streets, and the following child molest, rape and sexually violent predator trials resulting in favorable verdicts:
People vs. Seng Yang
People vs. Cory Fisher
People vs. Mario Alexander
People vs. Michael Flowers
People vs. Richard Stobaugh
People vs. Scott Eden
People vs. Everett Spillard
People vs. David Boardman
People vs. Barry Sanford
People vs. Brandon Bemis

As Assistant District Attorney to District Attorney Fleming, Stacey assists with administering the ongoing activities of the District Attorney’s office, the largest law office in Humboldt County. Stacey works on budget, policy and procedure issues, as well as recruitment and retention of qualified attorneys. Stacey strives to promote a productive, diverse and supportive work environment.

Stacey Eads photo portrait