ARLINGTON, Virginia – Cumberland County Attorney Billy West was elected president of the National District Attorneys Association over the weekend, an NDAA press release said on Monday.
According to the statement, West was unanimously elected by the NDAA board of directors on Sunday and was introduced and sworn in by outgoing president Nancy G. Parr at the annual summer conference awards luncheon. of the NDAA in Virginia Beach.
âIt has been one of the greatest honors of my professional life to be sworn in as president of the National District Attorneys Association with my family by my side,â West said Tuesday. âDuring my tenure as president, the National District Attorneys Association will focus on strategies to tackle a national increase in violent crime while promoting alternative arrangements such as diversion programs and treatment courts.â
According to the NDAA website, the organization is the oldest and largest of its kind, with more than 5,000 members drawn from state and local prosecutor’s offices across the United States.
“Billy is committed to improving criminal justice for all who enter it,” Parr said in the statement. “It is an honor to serve as the President of the NDAA and Billy will be an exemplary leader.”
West graduated from NC State University before earning his law degree from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, the statement said.
He was deputy attorney for former Cumberland County District Attorney Ed Grannis for 10 years before being elected district attorney in 2010, the statement said.
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In addition to leading North Carolina’s fourth-largest prosecutor’s office, West has created a repeat offender program to identify and prosecute offenders who continue to commit serious crimes in Cumberland County, the statement said.
He also sits on the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission, the Cumberland County Justice System Advisory Council, and is a board member of the Fayetteville Police Foundation and the Fayetteville Academy, the statement said.
West announced his intention as president of the NDAA to continue strong relationships between local prosecutors and other organizations and community groups.
âAs President, I launched a community engagement initiative that highlights and encourages relationships between the local prosecutor and government, schools, nonprofits, business, religious community and the public, âWest said. “One such example would be our radiation clinic in Cumberland County which has helped over 1,000 eligible people to deregister a non-violent offense from years ago.”
West previously served as president of the North Carolina District Attorney’s Conference, according to the conference’s website.
âThe District Attorneys Conference is proud to share Billy West with the National District Attorneys Association,â North Carolina Attorneys Conference executive director Peg Dorer said in the statement. “He is a recognized leader among North Carolina prosecutors and we are sure he will serve the NDAA with the same commitment.”
Along with West, several other North Carolina district attorneys were also elected new or former members of the NDAA board of directors: Mecklenburg County Attorney Spencer Merriweather, 6th District Attorney Ben David and 35th District Attorney Seth Banks, the statement said. .
Criminal reporter Jack Boden can be contacted at [email protected]
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