DA employees recognized

Freedom New Mexico

Two employees with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office have been recognized by the New Mexico District Attorney’s Association.

Assistant District Attorney Ben Cross was recently named 2008 Community Prosecutor of the year for community service work in the area.

Cross has directed the Abolish Chronic Truancy program for the district attorney’s office, which is geared toward educating youth on the risk factors of dropping out of school and encouraging them to stay in school, a release from the district attorney’s office said.

District manager Kevin Spears was named 2008 Administrative Employee of the Year for his administrative efforts within the district attorney’s office and for his innovation in the creation of programs such as Abolish Chronic Truancy, The Newman Project and Meth-Watch, the release said.

This is the fifth year employees from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office have been recognized by awards from the New Mexico District Attorney’s Association and the New Mexico Prosecutor’s Section, the release said.