Thu, July 18

Yavapai County prosecutors win two state awards

TUCSON -- Two Yavapai County Attorney's Office prosecutors won prestigious statewide recognition at the annual Arizona prosecutors summer conference, held in Tucson in June.

Deputy Yavapai County Attorney Michael Morrison, who often works in the Camp Verde Superior Courts divisions, was recognized with the 2016 Arizonan Prosecutor Lifetime Achievement Award. Deputy Yavapai County Attorney Kevin Schiff was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Felony Prosecutor for Small Jurisdictions. The awards are given out annually by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council ("APAAC").

Michael Morrison's career as a prosecutor in Arizona spans nearly 33 years. He has worked in the Phoenix City Prosecutor's Office, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, with the City of Glendale as the police legal advisor, and now, for Yavapai County as a prosecutor in the Verde Valley district. During his distinguished career, Mr. Morrison has handled literally all aspects of the job, from misdemeanors to capital offenses, from line prosecutor to supervisor of large bureaus, from training to attorney mentoring.

In recognizing Morrison for the award, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk said: "Mike truly epitomizes everything we value in a career prosecutor. He has impeccable ethics, a profound commitment to justice, is an incredibly hard worker, and is an excellent trial attorney and prosecutor. Arizonans are fortunate that Mike recognized his calling and has dedicated his life to our profession."

Kevin Schiff has been a prosecutor in the Yavapai County Attorney's Office for almost ten years, during which time his career has progressed from handling traffic offenses and misdemeanors to his current heavy caseload of serious felonies, including dangerous crimes against children, complex financial frauds, and first degree murders. Last year, Schiff successfully prosecuted a notorious cold case that dated back to 2002, when a retired member of the Hollywood film industry was found murdered in his home in a prominent Prescott neighborhood.

Ten years after the murder, Schiff began working with the Prescott Police Department's cold case unit, sifting through the evidence, interviewing witnesses, seeking out new evidence, and meticulously building the type of rock-solid case that he has become known for. The victim's wife was eventually charged and extradited to Arizona where the jury found her guilty verdict of first degree murder in January of this year.