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Cynthia Zimmer

Kern County District Attorney

James Simson, Assistant DA


Andrea Kohler, Assistant DA


Scott Tunnicliffe, Chief Investigator

Scott Tunnicliffe
Chief Investigator

Chief Investigator Scott Tunnicliffe came to the District Attorney’s Office in 2013. Chief Tunnicliffe has been in law enforcement since 1981. During his career he has served as a patrol officer both in a rural and a metropolitan environment, and a Detective working Narcotics, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse, along with Computer and Internet crimes. He dedicated over 20 years as a Hazardous Devices (Bomb) Technician with the Bakersfield Police Department and rose through the ranks of Sergeant and Lieutenant. Chief Tunnicliffe holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Phoenix along with a Management Certificate from P.O.S.T.


Tammi Noe, Laboratory Director

Tammi Noe
Laboratory Director

Ms. Tammi Noe graduated from Garces High School in 1986 and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in 1990. She began her career as a criminalist in Kern County in 1994. She has worked as an analyst in the Toxicology, Drug Analysis and DNA Units. In 2012 Ms. Noe was promoted to the position of Supervising Criminalist and in that role became the Quality Assurance Officer for the Crime Laboratory. Ms. Noe has been a valued member of the Kern Regional Crime Laboratory for twenty years, and was appointed as Laboratory Director in July 2015.


Scott Johnson, Administrative Services Officer

Scott Johnson
Administrative Services Officer

Scott Johnson is a graduate of California State University Bakersfield with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a concentration certificate in Real Estate. He joined the District Attorney's Office in 2010 with 10 years of County experience, which included 5 years of service in the Auditor/Controller's Office.