Two prosecutors in the Yavapai County Attorney's Office won prestigious statewide recognition at the Annual Arizona prosecutors Summer Conference on June 19.
Deputy County Attorney Patti Wortman was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Deputy County Attorney Michael Daniels won the Outstanding Juvenile Prosecutor for the state.
Wortman has been an Arizona prosecutor for 25 years, working first in the Gila County Attorney's Office and later joining the Yavapai County Attorney's Office in 2012. During her years with Gila County, Patti handled murders, sexual assaults and other serious felonies, mentored new attorneys, and for many years was a mock trial coach at Payson High School. Today, she serves as the supervisor of the Verde Valley office where she also handles a heavy felony caseload, and supervises the office's juvenile prosecutors.
In recognizing Wortman for the award, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk said: "To say that Patti has made her mark as a prosecutor does not do her justice. Her passion and professionalism are exemplary. The Yavapai County Attorney's Office is fortunate to have Patti as a member of our team, and with luck, she will continue with us for many years to come."
In accepting the award, Wortman said: "It has been a true privilege serving the Payson and now Yavapai County communities. I love what I do and plan to stay in Yavapai County for many years to come, hopefully making a positive difference."
Deputy County Attorney Mike Daniels has been with the Yavapai County Attorney's Office since February 2012. He was recognized for his hard work, his willingness to go the extra mile and his compassion for victims. Polk said, "Mike continues to show the same passion for this position as the day he assumed the duties."
Daniels serves in several capacities that demonstrate his commitment to juvenile prosecution and juvenile mentoring. He has been a member of the MATFORCE Underage Drinking Task Force. He serves on the Juvenile Probation Sex Offender Court staff and the Juvenile Probation Drug Court staff. He regularly instructs on juvenile law at the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy (NARTA), and teaches procedural criminal law in the paralegal program of Yavapai College. Mike recently assisted the Prescott High School mock trial team, and even finds the time to be an assistant coach for his son's wrestling and baseball teams.
Daniels was honored to receive this recognition and said: "My life has been richly blessed to work with the youth of this community. I absolutely love what I do!"