Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley was honored Saturday by the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York with its 2015 New York Prosecutor of the Year Award.
The award, an annual tradition, was presented at the annual summer conference dinner in Saratoga.
“The association presents the award to the prosecutor whose selfless dedication in and out of the courtroom for the local community and for other New York prosecutors has enhanced our criminal justice system,” said NYPTI Executive Director Susan Valle.
“Sandra is a shining example of the hard work and dedication necessary to excel as a prosecutor,” said First Assistant Monroe County District Attorney Kelly Wolford. “Her passion for seeking justice for the victims of crime is as evident now as it was 24 years ago when she began her career as a prosecutor. Monroe County is truly lucky to have such an exceptional attorney and powerful voice for justice serving as our district attorney.”
Jason Cook, an assistant district attorney in Chemung County and former Yates County District Attorney, cited Doorley’s successful prosecution of Thomas Johnson III for the aggravated murder of Rochester Police Officer Darryl Pierson. He said Doorley brought a sense of justice to a tragic case and “exemplifies dynamic trial skills, superb leadership and a selfless dedication to her community.”
Doorley accepted the award in front of a crowd of hundreds of her colleagues from across the state, including many of her bureau chiefs who celebrated her recognition.
“It is truly an honor serving as Monroe County district attorney and working with all of my incredible staff,” Doorley said. “However, as most of you know, my passion remains in the courtroom trying heinous cases like People vs. Clayton Whittemore, and my most recent trial this spring, People vs. Thomas Johnson. I look forward to my next courtroom challenge and continuing to serve alongside other members of law enforcement protecting the residents of Monroe County.”
In addition to receiving the Prosecutor of the Year Award, Doorley was sworn in as third vice president of DAASNY, which places her in line to become president of the association in July, 2018.