Accomplishments and Recognition
In the State Attorney’s Office, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, we strive to provide excellent service to the residents and visitors of our community. This office takes great pride in our accomplishments. Several of the significant awards we have received in recognition of our hard work and positive results are listed below.
2008 Florida Retail Federation Assistant State Attorney Award
Assistant State Attorney Tom Hastings was selected as the Florida Retail Federation's 2008 Florida Assistant State Attorney of the Year. The award honored Mr. Hastings for his substantial contribution to prosecuting crimes which impact retailers.
National Commander’s Award as the Outstanding
Disabled American Veteran of the Year for 2007
Retired State Attorney Norman R. Wolfinger was deeply honored by his selection as the nation’s Outstanding Disabled American Veteran for 2007. The award was presented in August at the National DAV Convention in New Orleans. Norman Wolfinger was selected for his dedication to his community and the advances he has made in protecting the residents of Seminole and Brevard counties. His service to veterans, particularly during the county’s "Stand-Downs" for homeless veterans, was also recognized. Mr. Wolfinger’s combat injuries were incurred in Viet Nam in 1969. Using lessons learned from that experience, he re-dedicated his life to protecting others from crime and violence, and pursued a life of public service. Pictured is Retired State Attorney Norman R. Wolfinger receiving the award from Commander Bradley Barton, National Commander of the DAV.
2007 National Association of Social Workers-Florida,
Elected Official of the Year
Retired State Attorney Norman R. Wolfinger was selected as the 2007 National Association of Social Workers, Florida Elected Official of the Year and received the award in June at the statewide conference in Orlando. The award honored Mr. Wolfinger for his accomplishments and leadership in children’s advocacy and his dedication to serving the community. Mr. Wolfinger was one of the founding members of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard, a full-service, centralized location providing intensive counseling for child victims of sexual attacks, medical services, and law enforcement interviewing facilities all in a child-friendly, victim-supportive environment. Wolfinger also serves as chair of Take Stock in Children, a Brevard County school mentoring program.
Outstanding Prosecutor's Office 2006
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Rap Against Violence Contest
Retired State Attorney Norm Wolfinger accepted an award from U. S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales recognizing the Brevard and Seminole County State Attorney's Office as the outstanding local prosecutor's office in the nation. The national award was given for "distinguished service and commitment to the Project Safe Neighborhoods program." Project Safe Neighborhoods is President Bush's nationwide program against gun violence. The award was presented at the Project Safe Neighborhoods 2006 National Conference in Denver, Colorado.
10th Annual "World of Difference"
2006 Child Abuse Prevention Award
Received by Victim Advocate Teresa Maggard
State Attorney’s Office Victim Advocate Teresa Maggard received the "World of Difference" Child Abuse Prevention Award for Victim Advocacy in 2006. This award was presented by Community Based Care of Brevard in collaboration with the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force of Brevard County. Ms. Maggard was recognized for her commitment, dedication, and compassion towards preventing child abuse in Brevard County.
Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police
2003 Assistant State Attorney of the Year Kelly Jo Giglia
On February 25, 2004, the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police recognized Assistant State Attorney Kelly Jo Giglia as the 2003 State Attorney of the Year at their annual law enforcement officer of the year recognition banquet.
Pictured is Ms. Giglia receiving her award from Mr. Wolfinger.
Governor’s and Attorney General’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2000 Special Tribute Award
Florida Victim Advocate of the Year Beth Rossman
This award is given by Governor Jeb Bush and Attorney General Bob Butterworth to recognize a State employee whose extraordinary efforts have lessened the impact of victimization on innocent crime victims. Beth Rossman, our Director of Victim Services, was selected to receive this award in April 2000. Pictured is Beth Rossman receiving the award from Governor Jeb Bush and Attorney General Bob Butterworth.
2000 Governor’s Community Investment Award
Recognizing the Publix Super Market Anti-Drug Grocery Bag Coloring Project in Partnership With the State Attorney's Office
The Governor’s Community Investment Award recognizes leadership and innovation in the business community. During Red Ribbon Week in October of each year, the State Attorney’s Office, in cooperation with Publix Super Market, sponsors a grocery bag coloring project in our locals schools. The bags are colored with anti-drug messages by children, and then are used at local Publix Super Markets to bag groceries and spread the anti-drug message. Publix Super Market received the 2000 Governor’s Community Investment Award for their participation in this worthwhile project as a result of our nomination and another from Brevard County Sheriff Phil Williams (for Publix’s contributions to Camp Chance). Pictured with the award, left to right, are Daryl Gilbert (Publix District Manager), Deputy Pam Hibbs (Brevard County Sheriff's Department), Kathy King (State Attorney's Office), Ted Johnson (Publix Store Manager), Retired State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, Lee Brunson (Publix Director of Community Affairs and Diversity Development), and Clayton Hollis (Publix Vice-President of Public Affairs).
1999 Association of Quality and Participation (AQP) Team Showcase Award Winner
Received by our office for quality and teamwork
The Association of Quality and Participation (AQP), representing the central east region of Florida, selected the State Attorney’s Office Brevard County Teen Court program as the winner in their Team Showcase Award Program in 1999. The AQP Team Showcase Award Program selects quality improvement teams from private industry, schools, healthcare, and government to present their story of how they put the principles of quality into practice through teamwork to solve their problems. Our Teen Court program won this award for its innovative approach in handling first-time juvenile offenders.
In May of 2000, our team participated in the AQP Sterling Conference state-wide competition and won first runner-up in the entire State of Florida. In addition, the Teen Court team was recognized with an award for the Greatest Community Impact.
1998 Davis Productivity Award
Received by Darla Trenner
This State of Florida preeminent award program seeks out productive and dedicated workers in state government and honors them as shining examples of innovation and creativity far beyond the call of duty. In 1998, the Davis Award Commemorative Plaque was awarded to Darla Trenner, the State Attorney’s Office Software Training Manager. Ms. Trenner was responsible for designing a training program and conducting the training of all State Attorney personnel in use of software applications critical to the operation of the office. She was directly responsible for a cost savings of $670,359 to this office from July 1997 through June 1998.
1996 Public Service Excellence Award
Received by our office in partnership with business
In 1996, our office became the first and only government office to be recognized for outstanding service twice by the Public Employees Roundtable. In May of 1996, our office received a Special Recognition Award in the State Government category for Project Pay-Back, a juvenile restitution program which provides job training and temporary work to 14 through 17-year-old non-violent offenders who then pay 75% of their earnings to the victims of their crimes. Pictured is Retired State Attorney Wolfinger receiving the award from Vice-President Al Gore.
1996 and 1995 Governor’s Community Investment Awards
Received by our office for leadership in the community
Project Pay-Back and their participating businesses were awarded special recognition in 1995 and 1996 by the Governor’s Community Investment Awards. The Community Investment Award recognizes leadership and innovation in the business community. Project Pay-Back is a juvenile restitution program in which this office partners with numerous businesses in Brevard and Seminole Counties to employ youthful offenders whose earnings are paid to the victims of their crimes for their loses. Pictured is Retired State Attorney Wolfinger receiving the award from Florida Lt. Governor Buddy McKay and Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Calvin Ross.
1995 Association of Quality and Participation (AQP) Team Showcase Award
Received by our office for quality and teamwork
The Association of Quality and Participation (AQP), representing the central east region of Florida, selected the State Attorney’s Office as a finalist in their Team Showcase Award Program in 1995. The AQP Team Showcase Award Program selects quality improvement teams from private industry, schools, healthcare, and government to present their story of how they put the principles of quality into practice through teamwork to solve their projects. Project Pay-Back was selected in 1995 due to the team approach of researching and analyzing the juvenile crime problem, and developing solutions through the implementation of a juvenile restitution program.
1995 Governor’s Peace at Home Awards: Stopping Domestic Violence
Received by our office for helping prevent domestic violence
On April 11, 1995, Retired State Attorney Norman R. Wolfinger was recognized as one of the three justice system finalists in Governor Chiles’ Peace at Home Awards. These awards are given to outstanding individuals, programs or organizations that have made a difference in helping prevent and stop domestic violence in Florida.
1995 Davis Productivity Award
Received by Sandra Wolf
This State of Florida preeminent award program seeks out productive and dedicated workers in state government and honors them as shining examples of innovation and creativity far beyond the call of duty. In 1995, the Davis Award Information System Notable Individual was awarded to Sandra Wolf, the State Attorney’s Office System Administrator. Ms. Wolf was the key person in the development of a current criminal case tracking system. She worked with other judicial circuits and programmers to save the State $82,500.
1992 Public Service Excellence Award
Received by our office for service to crime victims
Since 1985, Public Service Excellence Awards have paid tribute to programs that embody the highest standards of government in the nation. Awards go to federal, state, city, county, intergovernmental and international government programs. Excellence Award winners represent public service at its best. The awards program was initiated by the Public Employees Roundtable, a non-partisan coalition of government management and professional employees. In May of 1992, our office received the Public Service Excellence Award, the top honor in the nation for a program in state government, in recognition of our outstanding service to victims of crime.