PIERRE, S.D.- Attorneys General from across the country honored Attorney General Marty Jackley with the group’s top award last night in Vermont.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, in-coming president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), presented Jackley with the 2016 Kelley-Wyman Award, the Association’s highest honor. The award is given each year to the Attorney General who has done the most to achieve the objectives of NAAG.
“Marty demonstrates the collegial and collaborative efforts that NAAG strives to facilitate among its membership. His dedication, judgment and hands-on approach to NAAG leadership has made the association better,” said Jepsen, during the award presentation.
In nominating him for the award, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi particularly singled out Jackley’s work with the 24/7 Sobriety Program and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program- both emphasizing prevention over prosecution.
“Attorney General Jackley is a leader not only in South Dakota, but nationwide as the President of the National Association of Attorneys General. General Jackley is a champion for victims’ rights and protecting youth through his efforts to stop child sex trafficking and prescription drug abuse. I am honored to nominate him for this prestigious award and I am thrilled his work for his state and the country is being recognized,” said Bondi.
Jackley has served as South Dakota Attorney General since 2009. He served as NAAG president in 2015-2016. Attorney General Jackley will transition into his role as Past President for the next year with his primary duties serving on the NAAG Executive Committee and NAAG Mission Foundation Board of Directors. He will also serve as an ex-officio Board Member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children representing NAAG.