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U.S. Attorney Todd Gee Announces Recipients of Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Awards for their Work Related to the Jackson Water Crisis

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Jackson, Miss. – U.S. Attorney Todd Gee announced that two members of his staff were honored with Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Awards at a ceremony held today at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C.  The annual Attorney General’s Awards recognize Justice Department employees and others for extraordinary contributions to the enforcement of our nation’s laws. 

“Each of today’s recipients has served with distinction, and in so doing, they have enabled the Justice Department to advance its work on behalf of the American people,” said Attorney General Garland. “Their exceptional leadership, heroism, and dedication have benefited people and communities across the country. 

In the Southern District of Mississippi, Civil Division Chief Angela Williams and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitzi Dease Paige were chosen, along with other team members from the Justice Department’s Environmental Enforcement Section, Office of Environmental Justice, and Community Relations Service, for their work related to the City of Jackson’s water crisis.   

The Jackson Safe Drinking Water Act/Clean Water Act team was recognized for its outstanding work engaging with the City of Jackson on both its drinking water and wastewater systems and negotiating two stipulated orders appointing a third-party manager to take over the City’s failing systems. 

“The Department of Justice’s work with the City of Jackson and other partners to obtain a third party administrator for the water system has already had a real impact on making Jackson’s water safer,” said U.S. Attorney Todd Gee. “This award reflects the hard work of the DOJ attorneys and other personnel that helped make that happen.”

Updated January 31, 2024

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