Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award

Established in March 2006, this award recognizes that criminal law prosecutor who has worked tirelessly to advance the principles of criminal justice by representing the public’s interest with integrity, fairness, tenacity, creativity, brilliance and, above all, professionalism.

2023 Recipient

Brad Carlyon is a veteran prosecutor who has served as the Navajo County Attorney since 2009. Throughout his more than 30-year career, Brad has worked to secure justice for victims and forged collaborations and programs to improve the criminal justice system.

A third-generation Arizonan, Brad earned his law degree from University of Arizona College of Law. He worked briefly in private law before beginning his long tenure in public service. He has previously served as Deputy County Attorney and Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore in Navajo County, and Chief Deputy County Attorney for the Apache County Attorney’s Office.

Brad champions victims’ rights and services, including spearheading establishment of the Navajo County Family Advocacy Center, which assists victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and creating the Navajo County Attorney’s Office Victims’ Rights Symposium, now in its 12th year. He fosters partnership among law enforcement, courts, prosecutors, defenders, probation and community services to holistically address crime and victims in Navajo County communities. Brad has helped establish or enhance several diversion and deflection programs for adults and juveniles and is committed to helping Navajo County address the complex issues surrounding mental health, substance abuse and crime.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2006     Rick A. Unklesbay
2007 Paul K. Charlton
2008 Daniel G. Knauss
Kathleen A. Mayer
2009 Barbara LaWall
2010 Sandra M. Hansen
2011 Beth A. Anderson
2012 Sheila Polk
2013 Hon. Randall M. Howe
Hon. Kent Cattani
2014 Theodore Campagnolo  
2015 Kellie L. Johnson
2016 James Alan Goodwin
2017 Hon. John S. Leonardo
2018 Kimberly H. Ortiz
2019 Ryan P. Green
2020 Bill R. Hughes
2021 Kent Volkmer
2022 Elizabeth Burton Ortiz
2023 Bradley W. Carlyon
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