District Attorney District 37
District attorneys are the elected representatives of the state in all criminal and some juvenile matters. The primary responsibility of the district attorney, with his or her assistants, is to prosecute all criminal cases filed in the Superior and District Courts. District attorneys also advise local law enforcement and prepare the criminal trial docket. Each of the 44 prosecutorial districts has one district attorney and at least four full-time assistant district attorneys. Each District Attorney is elected to a four-year term by the voters within the district he or she serves.
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Tough but fair and ethical prosecution within the US and NC Constitutions. Protection of victim's rights. Deterrence of serious crime.
I have a proven history of tough but fair and ethical prosecution for more than 26 years as a state prosecutor and 4 years as a military prosecutor (US Air Force). I have prosecuted every type of criminal offense including capital murder. I have managed the complex operations of an office with 10 prosecutors and 12 legal assistants for more than 15 years. I have handled all manner of investigations into the actions of public officials, law enforcement and all types of criminals. I am very involved in my community, serving as an Elder in my church, a Director for the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Comittee, and together with my wife of 33 years, as a small business owner. I have taught Basic Law Enforcement Training at our community college for more than 20 years. I have initiated programs such as a Children's Advocacy Center, Project Safe Neighborhoods and the reorganization and modernization of the DA's Office.
I serve on the Executive Committee of the NC Conference of District Attorneys and as a Commissioner on the NC Training and Standards Commission for Law Enforcement Officers.
I am committed to honor my oath of office, specifically to upholding the Constitutions of the US and NC. I believe the individual rights enumerated in the Constitution are sacred and inalienable.
Managing limited resources to effect justice in the face of large and increasing dockets. Randolph County maintains about 4,000 felony cases pending at any one time. We have an average daily docket size of 250 cases in District Court. These numbers require intensive management and effective strategies to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Randolph County is experiencing a serious opioid and methamphetamine crisis which is driving all types of crimes. Randolph County, being next to Guilford County is experiencing a serious increase in gang activity.
Project Safe Neighborhoods Randolph is now up and running after more than a year of work. PSN is a close relationship between the DA, the US Attorney, and federal and local law enforcement. PSN identifies and targets those individuals committing violent crime and offers intensive rehabilitaion options or targeted prosecution and incarceration. Although PSN has been implemented we still have work to do to firmly establish it for the long haul. I also plan on beginning the process of moving to a paperless office. We have made a small step towards this with the implementation of electronic discovery to defense counsel.
Due to increasing docket sizes Randolph County will have to receive funding for the resources to add criminal court sessions in the near future. This means judges, court reporters, bailiffs and clerks will also be needed. Also, the huge expansion of required victim notifications and the raising of the juvenile age has placed extreme new demands on the DA's Office. At present two of my legal assistants are grant positions. We will be in a crisis if these positions are not made permanent.
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