Comptroller’s Review of State’s Judicial District Drug Task Forces Results In No Findings
We commend the state’s Judicial District Drug Task Forces on their remarkable financial operations as shown in the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s recently released annual Review of Funds report.
Judicial District Drug Task Forces operate in 26 of the 31 judicial districts. All 31 District Attorney General Offices, as well as Judicial District Drug Task Forces, are audited annually by the Comptroller’s Office. There was not a single audit finding by state auditors in any Judicial District Drug Task Force or District Attorneys Office across the state. There were no recommended changes for administrative improvement.
“Years ago, some Drug Task Forces were facing administrative and financial challenges. Recent audits had shown much improvement, but this year’s flawless audit confirms the work being done by the Task Forces. The efforts of the Drug Task Forces, in conjunction with the General Assembly and District Attorneys’ Offices, ensure that drug dealers are more likely to pay for their crimes by losing their ill-gotten gains. Prosecutors are keepers of public trust. Use of public funds is a key indicator of how we respect that trust, and this report shows our efforts and ongoing training are paying off.”- Jerry Estes, Executive Director, Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference
“It is quite an accomplishment to have no findings across all 31 Judicial Districts. The District Attorneys General Conference and each Drug Task Force deserve credit for continually improving operations and providing training on these important issues.”- Justin P. Wilson, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury
View the Review of Funds here: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/repository/CA/2017/17DAReport.pdf
In memory of Anthony “Tony” Clark, District Attorney General for the First Judicial District
Tony began service with the District Attorney General’s office in 1994. He was elected as the District Attorney General for the First Judicial District in 2006. Tony was re-elected in 2014 and was serving his second term at the time of his passing. He served the first judicial district with honor and integrity and will be remembered for his kind heart and desire to always do the right thing. He passed away unexpectedly on March 25, 2018 and will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues at the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.
Congratulations to our Tennessee Employee Charitable Campaign Winners and a big thank you to everyone who made a donation! Overall we raised $19,475.44 for various charities in Tennessee!
- Highest Donation Amount: 6th District serving Knox County
- Highest Increase in Donations: 12th District serving Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie counties
- Highest Participation Percentage: 15th District serving Jackson, Macon, Smith, Trousdale and Wilson counties
- Highest Child-Support Donation Amount: 25th District serving Fayette, Hardeman, Lauderdale, McNairy and Tipton counties
The Elder Abuse Committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference recently presented a three-day seminar on the investigation, prosecution and prevention of elder abuse. The multidisciplinary training reviewed current statutes in Tennessee dealing with elder abuse, including a new law requiring that special teams be set up by January of 2017.
The seminar was led by Lisa Zavogiannis, Elder Abuse Committee chairwoman and 31st District Attorney General serving Van Buren and Warren counties.
“This training program was designed to emphasize what a prosecutor needs to know about seeking justice for elder abuse victims,” Zavogiannis said. “We connected stakeholders and experts from across the state to discuss necessary information on a highly sensitive issue.”
The Elder Abuse Committee brought together District Attorneys General, Assistant District Attorneys General, criminal investigators, victim witness coordinators, law enforcement, Department of Human Services investigators, and Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability staff to facilitate sharing best practices statewide. The training consisted of panel discussions and case studies from various state agencies.
“The Elder Abuse Committee of the Conference provides leadership by giving prosecutors and their staff from each judicial district training and resources,” District Attorneys General Conference Executive Director Jerry Estes said. “General Zavogiannis and her committee’s efforts in turn reflect one of the key functions of the District Attorneys General Conference, which is to support ethical, prompt and efficient administration of justice for all Tennesseans.”