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Assemblyman Cooley Honors District Attorney Scully with 2014 Woman of the Year Award
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Assemblyman Cooley Honors District Attorney Scully with 2014 Woman of the Year Award

On Monday, March 10, 2014, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) awarded Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully with the California State Assembly’s 2014 Woman of the Year Award. Earlier this year, Assemblyman Cooley nominated Scully for the award for her work as Sacramento’s chief criminal prosecutor and as a principal victim rights advocate in the region.

“20 years ago, in her first year as Sacramento County District Attorney, Jan was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the late Assemblywoman Barbara Alby. It is a great privilege to honor Jan as Woman of the Year on the Floor of the Assembly again as she closes out two decades of outstanding service to the people of Sacramento,” said Cooley.

“Jan has spent her entire life in Sacramento, and has dedicated her career as a prosecutor to putting criminals behind bars and protecting her community,” said Cooley. “Her more than 30 years of service has made Sacramento a truly safer place. From prosecuting child abusers and murderers to establishing greater ties with the community, this honor only touches on the outstanding work she has done for us.”

After graduating from law school in 1979, Scully began working as a deputy district attorney in Sacramento County. During her career, she supervised various prosecution teams including sexual assault, child abuse, and felony trials. Scully was first elected as the Sacramento County District Attorney in November 1994, and over the past 20 years has led her office in building stronger ties with residents and community leaders, focusing to help solve quality-of-life issues.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award and I thank Assemblyman Cooley for his nomination and ongoing support of my work as district attorney,” said Scully. “I am proud to be among the many women who have broken new ground, forged new paths and served to inspire future women leaders across all sectors and segments of our society.”  

In 1995, Scully established a Citizens Cabinet, a group of community leaders who advised Jan on matters of policies and programs. In 2001, she established the District Attorney Multi-Cultural Community Council, with community leaders from the area's diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural communities, to help bridge the gap between their communities and the criminal justice system. In addition, Scully’s leadership in community engagement received national attention for her Community Prosecution Unit’s success in working with local coalitions to reduce crime at the neighborhood-level.

“Jan Scully has an outstanding record of putting bad people behind bars and making the results of their actions less grievous for their victims. She has always spent the extra time needed to better work with and engage her community,” said Cooley. “She is truly a role model for young women, and us all, to be more thoughtful in our roles as citizens, and act on issues that will make our neighborhoods and community better than they are.” 

Led by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, the Woman of the Year ceremony highlights the work of woman leaders in California, and continues the importance of recognizing their contributions during Women’s History Month.

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