KCDAA Annual Awards Program


KCDAA Awards are to recognize individuals who make a positive impact on prosecution in our state. Awards may be presented during the KCDAA Annual Meeting each year.  


Please take time to nominate a member of the KCDAA whom you believe to be deserving of an award. This is the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of the hard-working prosecutors who make up the membership of the KCDAA as well a policy maker, outside the organization, who has helped with interests of the KCDAA.


FOUR categories of awards will be presented: The Prosecutor of the Year, the Lifetime Achievement Award, Associate Member Prosecutor of the Year, and Policymaker of the Year. The awards winners are chosen by the KCDAA Board of Directors.


Award Qualifications:

  • The Prosecutor of the Year Award is presented to a prosecutor for outstanding prosecution of a case or cases throughout the year. Nominations may be made by either the prosecutor himself/herself or by a colleague. The nominee must be a regular member of the KCDAA.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a regular KCDAA member for his/her longevity as a prosecutor. The nominee must have served no less than 25 years in a prosecutor position, and not previously received this award. Nominations may be made by either the prosecutor himself/herself or by a colleague.
  • The Associate Member Prosecutor of the Year Award is presented to a prosecutor for outstanding prosecution of a case or cases throughout the year from an office other than a County or District Attorney’s office. Nominations may be made by either the prosecutor himself/herself or by a colleague. The nominee must be an associate member of the KCDAA.
  • The Policymaker of the Year Award is presented to an individual who is determined to have made the most significant impact on policy related to county and district attorneys either during the past year or over an extended career of public service. One award is presented each year. The award is open to individuals having public policy making authority as evidenced by legislative support of the KCDAA.

To nominate yourself or one of your colleagues - Click here to download the KCDAA Nomination Form


You may send your nominations to:


KCDAA

1200 SW 10th Ave.

Topeka, KS 66604

Fax: (785) 234-2433

E-mail: kcdaa10@gmail.com


All nominations MUST BE received by 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2021. For questions, please contact Melissa Munoz at (785) 232-5822 or via e-mail at kcdaa10@gmail.com


2020


2019

Prosecutor of the Year Award: Brett Watson

Thomas Stanton, Reno County & Barry Disney, Riley County


2018

Prosecutor of the Year Award: Marc Bennett 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Tom Weilert


2017

Prosecutor of the Year Award: Jennifer Tatum

Lifetime Achievement Award: Amy McGowan

Lifetime Achievement Award: Steven L. Opat

Associate Member Prosecutor of the Year Award: Jessica Domme


2016

Associate Member Prosecutor of the Year: Vic Braden

Policy Maker of the Year: Rep. Blaine Finch

Lifetime Achievement Award: Kim Parker

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Settle

Prosecutor of the Year: Vanessa Riebli


2015

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ann Swegle

Prosecutor of the Year: Barry Wilkerson

Policymaker of the Year: Patrick Vogelsberg


2014

Prosecutor of the Year Award: Christina Trocheck

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jerome Gorman


2013

Prosecutor of the Year Award: Don Scott

Lifetime Achievement Award: Sally Salguero

Associate Member Prosecutor of the Year Award: Natalie Chalmers

Policymaker of the Year Award: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

Policymaker of the Year Award: Senator Jeff King

Policymaker of the Year Award: Lance Kinzer


2012

Prosecutor of the Year Award: Trinity Muth

Lifetime Achievement Award: Nola Tedesco Foulston




2018 Prosecutor of the Year Marc Bennett and family




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