Jean Peters Baker

Jean Peters Baker has cemented a reputation during her tenure as Jackson County’s elected prosecutor as a  fearless and compassionate advocate for the victims of crime, especially the young and most vulnerable, and a champion of working with police and community leaders to confront the complex problem of violence. Baker was appointed prosecutor in May 2011 and elected to the position in November 2012. She is only the second woman elected to lead the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office; the first, now-U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, hired Baker as a young assistant prosecutor. Baker has since served in nearly every unit of the office,

Baker is widely credited with being unafraid of tackling difficult cases. In 2011, soon after being appointed to lead the office, Baker prosecuted the bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph for failing to report potential abuse of children by a priest. The case attracted national attention after a Jackson County grand jury’s indictment made the bishop the highest ranking cleric in the United States to face a criminal charge related to church’s child sex abuse scandal. In another case that attracted national attention, Baker was named special prosecutor in October 2013 to investigate the filing of charges in a high-profile sexual assault involving high school football players in northwest Missouri.

Over her career in the prosecutor’s office, Baker has served in Sex Crimes and Child Abuse, Community Justice, Domestic Violence, Drug Enforcement, Family Support, Major Crimes and as Chief Warrant Officer. Baker won the respect and admiration of neighborhood leaders, small business owners and law enforcement when she served as the coordinator of the Drug Abatement Response Team (DART). Baker spearheaded a multi-agency effort to close drug houses and businesses that erode our neighborhoods as well as motels that were known to be hotbeds of illegal drug activity. For her efforts in fighting the drug trade in Kansas City, Jean was honored with the Excellence Award for Advancing COMBAT Objectives given by the County Prosecutor, police agencies and community advocates. During her time in the prosecutor’s office, Jean also received honors as Rookie Attorney of the year and Victim Advocate of the Year.

Baker’s focus as prosecutor has been to make Jackson County a safer and better place to live, work and raise a family. Baker has set as an office goal to more closely connect the prosecutor’s office to the community and more smartly address and reduce crime, especially violent crime.

David LaBahn

Mr. David LaBahn is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), a national association representing elected and deputy or assistant prosecutors, and city attorneys. The association acts as a global forum for the exchange of ideas, allowing prosecutors to collaborate with all criminal justice partners, and conducts timely and effective training and technical assistance to improve the prosecutorial function. In addition, APA serves as an advocate for prosecutors on emerging issues related to the administration of justice, development of partnerships and implementation of problem-solving strategies.

Steven Naugle

Mr. Steven Naugle is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA). He is responsible for maintaining and handling all accounting for APA’s expenses and grant management activities. The CFO also acts as APA’s Treasurer and is responsible for internal administrative functions and controls. Mr. Naugle will ensure APA’s accountability and transparency of all funds maintaining federal grant compliance for tracking, accounting, and reporting purposes. Mr. Naugle is a result driven professional with over sixteen years of experience in accounting, financing, budgeting, management and auditing for entertainment, non-profit, governmental, small business and financial organizations.

Spencer Merriweather
Vice Chair

District Attorney Spencer B. Merriweather III has served as the chief prosecutor of Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), N.C. since 2017. He established a Violent Crimes Team, which focuses on shootings and felony assaults, and a Special Victims Team, a group of trauma-informed prosecutors and staff who seek justice for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. A champion of recruiting attorneys from under-represented communities, DA Merriweather also created the office’s Diversity and Inclusion Team. Before becoming District Attorney, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for more than a decade, prosecuting an array of cases. DA Merriweather earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kym Worthy

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy received her undergraduate degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan, and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law. In 1984 she began her legal career at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, and in 1989, she became the first African-American selected by the office as a Special Assignment Prosecutor.In 1994, Worthy was elected to the Detroit Recorder’s Court (now the Wayne County Circuit Court). During the next nine years, she presided over hundreds of serious felony cases and was re-elected to the court twice by overwhelming margins.On January 6, 2004, Worthy came full circle in her career and returned to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, this time as the Wayne County Prosecutor, the first African American and the first female to hold the position. Worthy is an adjunct professor of criminal law at the University of Detroit/Mercy and has lectured at Harvard Law School, the University of Notre Dame Law School, Wayne State University Law School and the Universite des Sciences Sociales in Toulouse, France. Ms. Worthy is the mother of Anastasia, 16, Anniston and Alessandra, 4.

Thomas Carr

Boulder (Colorado) City Attorney Tom Carr is the legal advisor to the City Council, all city boards and commissions and all city officials. The City Attorney also represents the city in court in civil litigation and serves as City Prosecutor in Municipal Court. Mr. Carr is the former Seattle City Attorney as Washington State’s only elected City Attorney and one of the few elected City Attorneys in the United States. While the City Attorney has no policy role in civil matters, acting as a corporate general counsel would, his role as a criminal prosecutor provides an opportunity to offer leadership on public safety issues. Under City Attorney Carr, his office and the city of Seattle embraced innovative approaches to criminal justice problem solving. Mr. Carr began his government service as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York where he handled diverse civil matters, including organized crime under the Civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

John T. Chisholm

John T. Chisholm has dedicated his career to keeping Milwaukee County safe. He has worked tirelessly to prosecute and remove some of the most violent and dangerous criminals from the community. District Attorney Chisholm believes in methods that produce real results and make his county safer. He believes in taking a pro-active approach to fighting crime, and his experience demonstrates that. John began dedicating his life and career to public service in 1994, when he began working at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Shortly after being elected District Attorney, John reorganized his office by creating general crime teams which he divided geographically around his community prosecutors. District Attorney Chisholm has been recognized as a national leader in community prosecution and other innovative crime reduction strategies.

Mike Feuer

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has long been one of California’s leading lawyers and lawmakers. He has brought a collaborative, problem-solving focus to the City Attorney’s office, emphasizing quality of life improvements in L.A.’s neighborhoods. Already Feuer is expanding the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program, leading efforts to prevent gun violence, developing innovative approaches to gang violence, domestic abuse and school safety, and aggressively pursuing environmental justice and other efforts to protect vulnerable Angelenos. Feuer previously served as the Majority Policy Leader of the California Assembly and Chair of the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, writing many of California’s most important public safety, children’s health, transportation, consumer protection and environmental laws. Feuer wrote some of America’s toughest laws to curb gun violence, initiated L.A.’s 3-1-1 non-emergency services system and spearheaded ethics and business tax reforms. Feuer has taught at the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He began his career as a judicial clerk for California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin. Feuer is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Gail Ruderman Feuer, have been married for thirty years and have two children, Aaron and Danielle.

Amy Weirich

Amy Weirich became Shelby County District Attorney in January of 2011. She was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam and then was elected on Aug. 3, 2012, to serve the remaining two years on the term of her predecessor, Bill Gibbons. She was re-elected to a full eight-year term on Aug. 7, 2014. She is the first woman to serve as District Attorney General in Shelby County. Gen. Weirich joined the DA’s Office in 1991 as a courtroom prosecutor, handling many high-profile criminal cases and serving in many leadership roles. She was chief prosecutor of the Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit and Division Leader for the Special Prosecution Unit in Criminal Court. Gen. Weirich helped create the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the first federal, state and local law enforcement organization designed to curb gang activity. In 2011, the MGU imposed the state’s first anti-gang injunction in the Riverside neighborhood of Memphis.

As District Attorney, Gen. Weirich not only has pushed for harsher punishment for violent offenders, but also has embraced innovative ways to prevent crime. Gen. Weirich’s office sponsors the annual Do The Write Thing anti-violence essay contest for students, runs the Truancy Reduction Mentoring Program and created Lives Worth Saving, a prostitution-diversion program with Calvary Episcopal Church and nonprofit organizations. Hundreds of students with perfect attendance have received free bicycles in a partnership program that includes the DA’s Office, the Hyde Family Foundation and the Memphis Police Department.

Gen. Weirich serves on numerous boards and commissions, including the Family Safety Center, the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center and the YMCA, among others. On Gen. Weirich’s watch, the DA’s Office has been listed among the Top 50 Workplaces in Shelby County by The Commercial Appeal. A graduate of Germantown High School, Gen. Weirich earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. Gen. Weirich and her husband, Chuck, have four children and are members of St. Louis Catholic Church.

Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt is Multnomah County’s newly-elected District Attorney. He previously served as the executive director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. In that role, Mike oversaw a $90 million budget and spearheads community-based efforts to reform our state’s approach to criminal justice. Mike is also a former high school teacher and frontline prosecutor. In his previous work in the DA’s office, Mike prosecuted misdemeanors, property crime felonies, drug courts, and he led a project to get restitution for victims of crime. In 2013, Mike worked for the state legislature as counsel to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. After the legislative session, Mike was hired by the Criminal Justice Commission to implement the new Justice Reinvestment program statewide. Justice Reinvestment is a program that gets to the root causes of crime.

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