I’d like to offer my congratulations to Fresno County head public defender, Elizabeth Diaz, who was recently honored by Assemblyman Henry Perea as Woman of the Year for his district.
As Assemblymember Perea noted in choosing her for this honor, Ms. Diaz has made tremendous contributions to the Fresno County community. She worked her way through the ranks to become the first Latina in California history to serve as head public defender.
As a former prosecutor, I can tell you that public defenders do not have easy jobs, and yet, the right to a robust defense is one of the hallmarks of American jurisprudence.
Not only is Ms. Diaz fulfilling that role, in doing so, she also serves as a role model to a new generation of young women. Her service is a great example that government service at the county level is important and fulfilling work. She is truly deserving of the honor bestowed upon her by Assemblymember Perea.
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Executive Director, California State Association of Counties