Thursday, January 23, 2014
DISTRICT ATTORNEY HONORED FOR LEADERSHIP, SERVICE
Awards Presented During MLK Commemorative Events
Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. is the proud recipient of two awards honoring his leadership and service to the State and County. The awards were presented during separate events commemorating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 20, 2014.
The first award bestowed upon Mr. Howard was the John Wesley Edwards, Sr. Phoenix Award for Leadership Par Excellent. The award was presented by the King Association for Social Change during its annual King Holiday Commemorative Service in Tifton, Georgia Monday morning. Mr. Howard was selected as a recipient because of his ‘positive leadership role in our state, community and nation.’ Organizers also characterized Mr. Howard as a ‘thinker, humanitarian, children’s advocate, and community portrait that defines the word integrity.’
DA Howard also received local recognition on King Day from several Neighborhood Planning Units (NPU)—citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues. During a community appreciation dinner sponsored by NPUs M, T, V and X, Mr. Howard was recognized for his service to the community and specifically lauded for his implementation of the State’s first Community Prosecution program. In part, the certificate of appreciation presented to Mr. Howard reads: “in recognition of dreaming, opening and expanding Community Prosecution not just for the residents and stakeholders within Neighborhood Planning Units but also for Fulton County residents.”
As the title suggests, Community Prosecutors work from community-based offices for greater visibility and accessibility to residents. Among their varied duties, Community Prosecutors respond to citizen concerns and prosecute repeat offenders.
DA Howard introduced the Community Prosecution concept to Fulton County citizens in the year 2000. Since then, the program has grown from one office to nine, spanning the entire County from north to South.