ST. LOUIS COUNTY ATTORNEY My fellow citizens, 2016 was another year of phenomenal collaborative work that we were fortunate to be engaged in with our partners in law enforcement, government, education and the community. We call it Public Service with a Purpose. You might know that I usually find an appropriate poem to put on the back page of our annual report. This year, I have chosen a prayer. It was written by Archbishop Oscar Romero, a prelate of the Catholic Church in El Salvador, who spoke out against poverty and social injustice before being assassinated in 1980. The prayer is something that I shared with the St. Louis County Board emphasizing that we cannot do everything, but we all need to do something.... “we are workers, not master builders....” Some of the highlights of our public service with a purpose this past year include: • Through the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) and the Humphrey Institute, we met in Duluth with men and women from countries around the world and discussed remedies to domestic violence and sex trafficking. • We continued to work with the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) to sustain and expand our Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, and address the backlog of cases requiring DNA analysis. • We celebrated with our Victim-Witness Division which was honored by the First Witness Child Advocacy Center for our dedication to collaboration. • My office reviewed multiple cases of officer-involved shootings in our county and found that the use of deadly force was justified. • We joined Senator Amy Klobuchar who hosted an opioid abuse/addiction panel discussion held at Lake Superior College. • Along with Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, we hosted and kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. • We celebrated with Judge Gary Pagliaccetti, who has chambers in the St. Louis County Courthouse in Virginia, and with members of the Range Hybrid Treatment Court honoring the program’s 10 years of progress and success. • Selected by Senator Klobuchar, I was again honored to serve on a federal judicial selection committee. • We planned and hosted a regional summit with school representatives to more effectively address and coordinate efforts to keep kids in school and avoid truancy. • We worked with Administration, the County Board, and department heads to continue outstanding progress in our efforts to more effectively serve all of the citizens of St. Louis County. • I created and filled the first ever Criminal Division head position on the Range with the appointment of veteran prosecutor Michelle Anderson. I am fortunate to have a staff of phenomenally dedicated people. In the following pages you will learn a little bit about who they are and what they are doing on your behalf. We are the workers, working together to make this world more fair, just and safe. Sincerely, LetterfromSt.LouisCountyAttorney MarkS.Rubin “Public Service With A Purpose” Board of County Commissioners 1st District: Frank Jewell 2nd District: Patrick Boyle 3rd District: Beth Olson 4th District: Tom Rukavina 5th District: Pete Stauber 6th District: Keith Nelson 7th District: Mike Jugovich Mark Rubin St. Louis County Attorney County Administrator Kevin Gray 3 WWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOV/COUNTYATTORNEY