Attorney General Recognizes District Employee
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Jacquelyn C. Strong, Administrative Officer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of California, was one of 160 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 31st Director’s Awards Ceremony today in Washington, D.C.
The Eastern District of California was one of 31 districts represented at the ceremony, which was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.
"Our honorees include career executives and supervisors; Assistant U.S. Attorneys and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys; appellate attorneys and law enforcement officials; administrators, paralegals, and public affairs officers," said Attorney General Lynch. "These individuals, and so many others, have faced daunting and sometimes dangerous challenges. They have dedicated their leadership and their expertise, their time and their energy, to the service of their mission. And they have remained devoted, at all times, to the high ideals and deeply-held values that animate our country and our cause."
Jacquelyn C. Strong is recognized for her outstanding leadership of the Administrative Division over a particularly challenging year. During the 16-day government shutdown, Ms. Strong worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the attorneys who were still on duty while regularly communicating with the support staff, many of whom were furloughed, and maintaining their morale. When our long-time employee Joyce Dorsey unexpectedly died of the flu, Ms. Strong communicated the news with sensitivity, addressing the staff’s health concerns and attending to grieving employees and family. During the same year, Ms. Strong oversaw a major remodeling project in the Sacramento office, ensuring it did not disrupt office operations, worked to establish the new Bakersfield office, and hosted visits to the district by the Executive Office’s evaluation staff. Ms. Strong, who has served as Administrative Officer for 17 of her 34 years in the office, earned the highest marks during our recent office evaluation, which praised her staff’s “top notch customer service.”
United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner stated: “Jackie Strong has provided outstanding service to the Department of Justice for many years. She has deftly guided this office in budgetary, personnel and administrative matters through good times and bad, and has loaned her expertise to other districts. I am pleased that her leadership is being recognized nationally.”
EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao.