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Douglas County Chief ADA named Kansas Prosecutor of the Year

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 4:32pm

Dedicating 15 years to public service is a feat in itself but Chief Assistant District Attorney Katy Britton’s anniversary year with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office continues to reach new heights.

Britton, who handles the office’s CINC, or Child in Need of Care, cases, was named the 2022 Kansas Prosecutor of the Year by the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association (KCDAA) at the association’s annual conference in October. The award recognizes outstanding prosecution work by a Kansas prosecutor throughout the year.

“I am immensely grateful for Katy, her positive and indelible mark on our community and her dedicated service to ensuring the safety of our children,” District Attorney Suzanne Valdez wrote in nominating Britton for the award. “My words cannot adequately express my respect and admiration for her. I rely heavily on her institutional knowledge, her wisdom and her advice.”

Upon graduation from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2007, Britton began her legal career with the District Attorney’s Office as a domestic violence attorney. She later also accepted supervisory duties over the legal intern program, a responsibility she held for eight years. Britton became the office’s CINC attorney in 2016.

Valdez said Britton handles some of her office’s most challenging cases but she remains committed to those who are the most vulnerable in Douglas County. Valdez also noted that Britton’s nomination included letters of support from staff, community agencies including the Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), law enforcement, former judges and former District Attorney Charles Branson.

“As a newly elected District Attorney, Katy was instrumental in ensuring the smooth transition of my administration during the peak of the COVID pandemic,” Valdez said. “I credit Katy with displaying steadfast leadership and commitment to the work of our office during this change, while also doing her job – protecting children. Katy also worked hard to address our local truancy problem, which was exacerbated by the pandemic.”

Britton, whose caseload averages above 160 active cases, said the unexpected recognition of her work reflected the community’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of children and families.

“I am grateful to those I work alongside who do incredible work every day for the children and families of Douglas County,” she said.

 

Dedicating 15 years to public service is a feat in itself but Chief Assistant District Attorney Katy Britton’s anniversary year with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office continues to reach new heights.

Britton, who handles the office’s CINC, or Child in Need of Care, cases, was named the 2022 Kansas Prosecutor of the Year by the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association (KCDAA) at the association’s annual conference in October. The award recognizes outstanding prosecution work by a Kansas prosecutor throughout the year.

“I am immensely grateful for Katy, her positive and indelible mark on our community and her dedicated service to ensuring the safety of our children,” District Attorney Suzanne Valdez wrote in nominating Britton for the award. “My words cannot adequately express my respect and admiration for her. I rely heavily on her institutional knowledge, her wisdom and her advice.”

Upon graduation from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2007, Britton began her legal career with the District Attorney’s Office as a domestic violence attorney. She later also accepted supervisory duties over the legal intern program, a responsibility she held for eight years. Britton became the office’s CINC attorney in 2016.

Valdez said Britton handles some of her office’s most challenging cases but she remains committed to those who are the most vulnerable in Douglas County. Valdez also noted that Britton’s nomination included letters of support from staff, community agencies including the Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), law enforcement, former judges and former District Attorney Charles Branson.

“As a newly elected District Attorney, Katy was instrumental in ensuring the smooth transition of my administration during the peak of the COVID pandemic,” Valdez said. “I credit Katy with displaying steadfast leadership and commitment to the work of our office during this change, while also doing her job – protecting children. Katy also worked hard to address our local truancy problem, which was exacerbated by the pandemic.”

Britton, whose caseload averages above 160 active cases, said the unexpected recognition of her work reflected the community’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of children and families.

“I am grateful to those I work alongside who do incredible work every day for the children and families of Douglas County,” she said.

Katy earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas before graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Law. She serves on the Douglas County Child Advocacy Center Multi-Disciplinary Team and is a past member of the Douglas County Family Centered Systems of Care work group, the United Way Financial Stability Grant committee and she is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Lawrence.

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