Monday, August 11, 2008
Richard A. Malone, Executive Director of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia is the newly elected president of the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators for 2008-09. Malone has been a member of the association for eight years.
"I appreciate this opportunity to serve," said Malone. "It gives me an opportunity to take the perspective of Georgia 's prosecutors to a national stage."
According to the association, the purpose of the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC) is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information and the development of programs and services for the mutual benefit of prosecutor coordinators and prosecutors. It is the only national professional association of prosecutor coordinators and consists of 50 member states. Members meet at least twice a year to share and exchange ideas, information and trends that impact state prosecutors.
"This association gives us a commonality," said Malone. "We are all interested in meeting the challenges that face the prosecution community. The image of prosecutors is of grave concern. We often hear about those who do wrong, not the ones who do right. Our involvement in this association gives us an opportunity to change that image. The Association also gives us an opportunity to exchange ideas and share the experiences and training techniques that we all have."
Most members of the NAPC are former state prosecutors; all are experienced in training prosecutors. Additionally, they share the common goal of increasing and strengthening prosecutors' professionalism through training resources and legislation.
"In Georgia , members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are currently studying the state's rules of evidence, as compared to the federal rule," said Malone. "My involvement in NAPC provides me with an opportunity to discuss proposed changes with other association members across state and regional lines."
Malone has served as the executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council since 2001. He is also on the board of directors of the National District Attorneys' Association. He is chairman of the Georgia Crime Victims' Compensation Board and a member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia.
Malone was the district attorney of the Middle Judicial Circuit from 1982 until 2000. He was an assistant district attorney of that circuit from 1977 until 1982.
"We are all doing the same thing and we know more collectively than we do individually," said Malone. "When we voice our opinion, it is a collective voice."
A native Georgian, Malone is married to Diana Malone; they have two sons.