Navajo County Criminal Justice Award
Deputy Prosecutor Lee White
It is with great pleasure that the Navajo County Victim Services Department awards Deputy Prosecutor Lee White for the 2021 Criminal Justice Award. This award recognizes the prosecutors in our community who go above and beyond for victims that they serve. Each year, Victim Services awards a prosecutor who has demonstrated excellence through enforcing and defending victims and their rights.
Lee is an experienced prosecutor, working for decades in Maricopa County before transition here to Navajo County. She is our specialized child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor. She also has a lot of experience working on domestic violence cases. On top of receiving those specialized cases she is also in a regular rotation and manages a heavy case load. Before transitioning in that role, she was assigned to the homicide taskforce, prosecuting homicide cases.
Lee’s experience shines through her work. Not only is she a brilliant prosecutor, but she is really invested in seeking Justice for her victims. Her case load includes some of the most difficult cases to prosecute, demanding a ton of her time, but a victim would never know this about her. She makes each victim feel like they are her only case and her one and only priority.
Lee is fierce and determined. In one of her child sex abuse cases that was set to go to trial Lee made special arrangements to open the courthouse on the weekend to the victim and her family. She showed her around the court room, went over questions, took every measure to ensure that victim was as prepared as she could be what would be most likely the scariest moment of her life.
Lee has helped with cases even when she didn’t have to. One time on a domestic violence case that has been closed, it had come to the victim’s attention that the defendant had received his firearm privileges back early and without notice to her. This case originally assigned to a former prosecutor and while I was consulting with Lee about the issue, she took it upon herself to help this victim correct this issue. The Judge overturned that decision as a result and the defendant had to surrender his guns thanks to Lee’s hard work.
Out of all the cases Lee has worked on, the one that stands out to me the most is her work on the Officer Darrin Reed homicide case. Lee hit the ground running, working corporately with Detectives from the beginning of this case, leading the investigation. She made sure the victims were kept in formed every step of the way. They trusted Lee and were an intracule part of the case.
Lee is more than deserving of this award we are offering her today. Her presence in Navajo County is truly a blessing for victims and the community. There isn’t anyone more deserving than her to be recognized for her accomplishments, even though she is humble enough to not need it. Thank you Lee for the work that you do. I promise it doesn’t go unnoticed.