The following was submitted by Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's office.]
District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett was elected Vice President of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) at the group’s annual board meeting. He previously served as a Director-at-Large.
Scott Burns, Executive Director of the NDAA and former head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy praised the selection.
"Jonathan Blodgett is a true leader of America's 39,000 prosecutors, as evidenced by his selection of Vice President of the National District Attorneys Association. I have known Jon for a decade and look forward to working with him more closely to address reducing crime and helping victims."
The NDAA is the oldest and largest professional organization representing criminal prosecutors in the world. Its members come from the offices of district attorneys, state’s attorneys, attorneys general, and county and city prosecutors with responsibility for prosecuting criminal violations in every state and territory of the United States.
“I am honored to be chosen by my colleagues to serve as Vice President of NDAA,” Blodgett said. “I look forward to working with prosecutors across the country to enhance our ability to prevent crime, hold criminals accountable and provide services to victims through training, legislation and increased resources.”
Among the many policy issues that the NDAA and D.A. Blodgett have addressed is the John R. Justice Loan Repayment Program. This program provides some student loan relief to young attorneys who chose public service either as a prosecutor or public defender.
“The criminal justice system's effectiveness depends on the quality of people who work within it. This program helps district attorneys across the country retain quality prosecutors,” Blodgett said.
Blodgett is one of 10 vice presidents and will serve for three years.