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June 3, 2015

Miller Appoints Black Hawk County Attorney to Serve as Iowa's Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator

(DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller today appointed Black Hawk County Attorney Thomas J. Ferguson to serve as Iowa’s Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator, who also serves as the Executive Director of the Iowa County Attorneys Association.

“I am pleased that someone with Tom’s great expertise is taking on the important statewide role of supporting Iowa’s county attorneys,” Miller said. “His background as an elected county attorney and experience beyond his elected office will be a huge asset to all county attorneys as well as our office.”

The Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator provides support, continuing education and training for Iowa’s prosecuting attorneys, their assistants and their victim/witness coordinators.

The Iowa County Attorneys Association is a nonprofit corporation that encourages and maintains close coordination among county attorneys, promotes the uniform and efficient administration of Iowa’s criminal justice system, monitors legislation, and assists county attorneys through continuing legal education.

“Tom Ferguson has done a wonderful job as the Black Hawk County Attorney and been an asset to our Association,” Janet Lyness, Iowa County Attorneys Association President, Prosecuting Attorneys Training Council Chair, and Johnson County Attorney, said. “Our county attorneys look forward to working with Tom as our statewide coordinator.”

Ferguson is serving his seventh consecutive term as Black Hawk County Attorney. He served as First Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney from 1985-1990, and was in private practice from 1980-1985. Ferguson is an Iowa County Attorneys Association board member and past president. He is the Iowa State Director for the National District Attorneys Association and serves as Chair of the Iowa Criminal Juvenile Justice Planning Advisory Council and Public Safety Advisory Board.

Corwin Ritchie, the current Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator, is retiring effective June 30.

Ferguson will start his four-year term on July 1. He will resign as Black Hawk County Attorney on June 30.

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