Attorney General Jack Conway today presented awards for the 2009 Outstanding Commonwealth’s and County Attorneys at the Kentucky Prosecutor’s Conference at the Lexington Convention Center. Nearly 700 prosecutors, county attorneys and staff- from across Kentucky are attending the three-day conference sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General.
The recipients of the 2009 Outstanding Commonwealth’s Attorney Awards are Doug Wright, who served as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 18th judicial circuit representing Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson Counties from 2005 until his tragic death in a traffic crash in June, and Tim Coleman, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 38th judicial circuit representing Butler, Edmonson, Hancock and Ohio Counties. Wright is also this year’s recipient of the Carroll Redford Award presented by the Commonwealth’s Attorneys Association.
“Doug’s sudden death was not only a loss for his family and community but a loss for all of us in the prosecutorial system. He was an excellent attorney who served his community with honor, distinction and dedication. Doug will certainly be missed,” General Conway said.
Wright’s wife, Judy, his children and parents accepted the awards on his behalf.
Upon presenting Coleman’s award General Conway said, “Tim has been willing to take on some extremely difficult special prosecution assignments. In June, he obtained a conviction against a man charged in connection with a 19-year-old murder case in Christian County. Because of his dedication and determination, justice was served for the victim’s family.”
The recipients of the 2009 Outstanding County Attorney Awards are Alan George, Woodford County Attorney since 1994, and Amy Milliken, Warren County Attorney since 2004.
“Alan’s steadfast commitment to the criminal justice system will have a lasting effect on Woodford County and its residents. In addition to serving as County Attorney for the past 15 years, Alan has founded three innovative programs for his community; Growing Up Safe, for abused children; Woodford Leadership Tomorrow, for high school students; and the Community Accident Prevention Program, to educate teens about drunk driving,” General Conway said.
Of Milliken, General Conway stated, “Amy has distinguished herself not only as Warren County’s first female County Attorney, but for her tireless efforts to advance the causes of County Attorneys across Kentucky. Amy should also be commended for her work in conjunction with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in developing a victim impact program for DUI offenders and efforts to develop a program to prevent truancy in Warren County school system.”
Link to photos of this year's recipients: http://tinyurl.com/lojcfo