Patrick H. McCutchen, a Montgomery County, Tenn., native, was named Executive Director. McCutchen was a graduate of Austin Peay State University and Nashville School of Law. He served as the District Attorney General for the 19th Judicial District from 1982 – 1993. Director McCutchen laid the foundation for the progress the Conference has made on a range of issues by insisting that the Conference speak with one voice. He led the elected District Attorneys to agree on goals and to pursue those objectives as a team, with a unified message. His approach was particularly effective in promoting the Conference Legislative Agenda. In recognition and gratitude for his lifelong service to Tennessee and the Conference, our highest award for leadership is the Patrick H. McCutchen Award.