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Message from the State Attorney

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Katherine Fernandez Rundle
State Attorney

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Dear Friend,

You have been on the journey with me and my SAO team as we fight for higher salaries, affordable housing, and a living wage for our prosecutors and staff. This is key to be able to recruit, hire and retain the best talent possible to uphold the law, defend the vulnerable, and keep our community safe. With your assistance, we obtained increased funding during the past Legislative session.

We are thankful to the State Legislature and Governor DeSantis for additional funding that helped us increase salaries for incoming prosecutors as well as for current Assistant State Attorneys (ASAs) and staff. Though these increases don’t completely solve the problem, it does help our dedicated team to better provide for themselves and their families while continuing to serve you.

I am proud to announce that we recently welcomed our 2022 Class of ASAs. Though this year’s class is smaller than past Fall classes, we are pleased to have 24 new ASAs who are taking on the mantle of being ministers of justice. During their intense prosecutorial training program, they are learning how our office functions, gaining first-hand knowledge of what a prosecutor does, and what our role is in our community. Through this training, they will learn how to be fair, ethical, and effective prosecutors, and what they learn will be the foundation for who they will be as prosecutors.

Being a prosecutor is an honor and a privilege that comes with great responsibility. That is why I always instill in them that justice is something that you do for people, not to people. Above all else, it is our duty to always do what is right.

Our new prosecutors are receiving instruction from the best the SAO has to offer, including my Leadership Team, who I am so blessed to work with every day. They are each great mentors who pass on what they have learned over their career as prosecutors.  I wish you could see the interaction between the new prosecutors who are asking insightful questions and the seasoned prosecutors who respond with not only knowledge of the law, but with true experience. It is very exciting to witness.

Please join me in congratulating the August 2022 New Class of ASAs. Welcome to the Best Team in America!

Stay safe, healthy, and strong.


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