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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office dedicated the John K. Vincent Memorial Conference Room to honor the legacy of their friend and colleague.
John Vincent provided selfless service to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and his country for more than thirty-two years until his untimely death in 2018. His tenure in the office was marked by inspiring leadership, devoted service, tenacious advocacy on behalf of the United States, and steady guidance as the office’s moral and ethical guiding star in the pursuit of justice.
John Vincent was a public servant of the highest order. He came to the office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in 1986 and was promoted to Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit in 1997, a role he held until 2000. He was then promoted to First Assistant U.S. Attorney, and in 2001, he became Acting and then court-appointed U.S. Attorney until 2003. In 2003, Mr. Vincent became the district’s Criminal Chief, a role he held until 2018 while continuing to carry his own portfolio of complex cases and supervising the office’s National Security Unit. His contributions to the office were invaluable and helped to form and sustain the heart and soul of the office. Mr. Vincent exemplified integrity, and he personified the principle that the office’s mission is to always do the right thing for the right reason.
In recognition of his public service, Mr. Vincent was awarded the Director’s Award three times: in 1991 and 1996 for Superior Performance as an AUSA, and then in 2018 for Superior Performance in a Managerial Role. He worked tirelessly to pursue justice, and he embodied the best qualities of a prosecutor and a leader.
To recognize John Vincent’s many contributions to the Office, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott chose to dedicate the main conference room in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento in his honor. This facility is the heart of the office and is used almost continually to hold presentations, trainings, press conferences, staff meetings, and holiday events. It is the room that AUSAs enter on their first day of service to take their oath and where the office celebrates AUSAs as they bid their farewell. It is fitting that John Vincent’s name will overlook the many activities that will take place in this room.