Chief Deputy Utah Attorney General Kirk Torgensen has received the highest public service award from the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG). Torgensen was given the 2013 Jim Jones Public Service Award in recognition of his commitment to public service in Utah and other western states.
Torgensen had also been honored in 2006 with the Nelson Kempsky for Management and Leaders Award for his leadership and management principles and practices. He is the first person to receive CWAG’s two top awards.
In his nomination letter, Utah Attorney General John Swallow said no one is more deserving of this award than Torgensen because of “his unprecedented commitment to public service and the passion he shows in words and actions,” Swallow added. “On the home front, his contributions to the advancement of law enforcement and prosecutor issues in Utah are too numerous to mention.”
However, Swallow did provide highlights of Torgensen’s achievements, including:
• Using office-wide surveys to create management training and mentoring plans.
• Building consensus to pass innovative laws on public safety, identity protection, asset forfeiture and exoneration for the factually innocent.
• Initiating the nation’s first website to report and protect victims of identity theft and starting the first program to protect children’s social security numbers.
• Training at national conferences and hosting regional symposiums to combat white collar crime.
CWAG is comprised of the chief legal officers of 15 western states and three Pacific territories. This year’s awards were announced on July 22 at the CWAG Annual Conference in Colorado Springs. A photo of Torgensen can be found below:
For Immediate Release
July 29, 2013