The South Dakota Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee (SDDVCC) has chosen Michael R. Moore as their Prosecutor of the Year. The announcement of Moore’s selection was made at the SDDVCC meeting held Monday at the office of US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson.
Moore has been a prosecutor with the Beadle County State’s Attorney’s Office in Huron, South Dakota, since 1994, where he started as a Deputy State’s Attorney. He was elected to the State’s Attorney position in 1996, where he continues to prosecute felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile crime in Beadle County. Moore has trained law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates concerning domestic violence and sexual assault.
Johnson praised the selection: “I’ve known Michael Moore for a number of years and have great respect for the tenacity he brings to his job and his strong advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims. I applaud SDDVCC for their selection of Michael as their Prosecutor of the Year.”
The SDDVCC is an organization led by the South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence and the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. The organization includes law enforcement leaders from the state, federal, and tribal levels and is designed to protect and represent the interests of survivors of domestic and sexual assault.
“Michael Moore's selection is well-deserved. His record of prosecutions of domestic and sexual violence cases speak for themselves,” said Brenda Hill, Native Co-Director of SD Coalition Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence. “The fact he goes beyond his job description, collaborating with advocates and educating law enforcement officers on responding to domestic and sexual crimes, speaks to his commitment. It also sets a motivating example for others in the criminal justice system,” Hill added.
Krista Heeren-Graber, Director of the SD Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, also commended the selection. “Mike is committed, dedicated and passionate about prosecuting these crimes, holding offenders accountable while keeping the victims safe. He is an excellent team member and provides strong leadership in addressing intimate partner violent crimes in our state. Mike is making a huge difference for victims and their families in South Dakota,” said Heeren-Graber.
The SDDVCC was newly formed this year, and Moore is the first recipient of the committee’s award.