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January 16, 2014

DA Steidley seeks second term

CLAREMORE —

District Attorney Janice Steidley said Wednesday that she will seek a second term, vowing to continue achieving positive changes in the criminal justice system.
“When I took office in 2011, I promised to put the citizens and the community first,” Steidley said. “We’ve kept that commitment.”
The District Attorney has proven her toughness by challenging the status quo and refusing to accept short cuts or improper procedures in investigating crimes. Protecting and standing up for victims of crimes are first and foremost, but it must be done the right way. 
“Doing a job right is not always popular, but it’s the only way to protect citizens and serve justice.” Steidley said. “I will continue to do the right thing for you, no matter the political costs. I appreciate the confidence you have placed in me.”
Steidley has focused on making the District Attorney’s office more efficient. She is especially proud of the team she has assembled in the three counties she serves.
The attorneys bring over 156 years of legal experience to serve the people of Rogers, Mayes and Craig Counties. Steidley implemented a case responsibility system where each case is assigned to one attorney to handle from beginning to end. The DA’s office has handled over 4,000 felony cases since Steidley took office.
The District Attorney’s office investigators have over 75 years experience to help the people and law enforcement officers of the district.
When Steidley first took office in 2011, she immediately saw the need to better assist law enforcement’s difficult task of conducting thorough and timely investigations of sex crimes. She hired Gary Stansill as a District Attorney Investigator. Stansill has over 39 years experience and is widely recognized as a valued expert in sexual assault investigations. Stansill has assisted and/or investigated numerous sexual assaults and death cases within the district.

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