DAs employees recognized

Clovis, NM: The New Mexico District Attorney’s Association announced
today that Assistant District Attorney Ben Cross and Ninth Judicial
District Attorney’s District Manager Kevin Spears were named the 2008
New Mexico Prosecutors’ Community Prosecutor of the Year Award and the
2008 New Mexico District Attorney’s Association Administrative Employee
of the Year respectively.

The New Mexico District Attorney’s Association and the New Mexico’s
Prosecutors Section annually award eight state employees in eight
different categories each year to an employee that works for one of the
fourteen New Mexico’s Judicial District Attorneys. New Mexico District
Attorneys’ employ approximately 700 employees statewide, all of whom
were eligible to receive one of these eight awards. The awards received
formally recognize Ben Cross and Kevin Spears for their outstanding
contribution to the Ninth Judicial District (Curry and Roosevelt
Counties) and the State of New Mexico.

Ben Cross was recognized as the 2008 New Mexico Prosecutors’ Community
Prosecutor of the Year for his community service work with the Clovis
and Portales Schools by and through the Ninth Judicial District
Attorney’s program known as A.C.T. (Abolish Chronic Truancy). This
program in one geared toward letting students know the risk factors of
dropping out of school, as well as the benefits of staying in school.
This program has received statewide attention and credited by local
school officials as one of many reasons that local truancy rates
decreased by nearly 4% last year.

Kevin Spears was recognized as the 2008 New Mexico District Attorney’s
Association Administrative Employee of the Year for his diligent work
and efforts administratively within the Ninth Judicial District
Attorney’s Office. Mr. Spears’ innovation is credited for many of the
district’s local programs such as the “A.C.T” program, “The Newman
Project” (a safety for seniors program) and the “Meth-Watch” program.

According to District Attorney Matthew Chandler, “We are so proud to
have two of our own receive statewide recognition this year. Ben Cross
and Kevin Spears both have a great passion for their jobs, and we are
extremely fortunate to have these two gentlemen serving the people of
Roosevelt and Curry Counties through the District Attorney’s Office.”

This is the fifth consecutive year an employee from the Ninth Judicial
District has been recognized with an award from the State of New
Mexico’s District Attorney’s Association and New Mexico’s Prosecutor’s
Section.

With the exception of Albuquerque, no other district in the State has
received as many awards for service over the past five years as the
Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

2004 – Dennis Usery, New Mexico District Attorney’s Association Employee of the Year
2005 – Matthew Chandler, New Mexico’s Law Enforcement Prosecutor of the Year
2006 – David Loera, New Mexico District Attorney’s Association Investigator of the Year
2007 – Steve North, New Mexico District Attorney’s Association Employee of the Year
2008 – Kevin Spears, New Mexico District Attorney’s Association Administrative Employee
of the Year
2008 – Ben Cross, New Mexico’s Community Service Prosecutor of the Year