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Dandurand Honored With SGA Excellence in Governance Award

Contact Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 10, 2012) – Missouri Deputy Attorney General Joseph P. Dandurand recently was recognized for his commitment to Missourians and his role in state government and the judiciary with the University of Central Missouri Student Government Association’s James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award.

Dandurand became the 27th recipient of the annual award Friday, April 6, in James C. Kirkpatrick Library.

SGA Excellence in Governance Award 2012
Missouri Deputy Attorney General Joseph P. Dandurand, center, received the James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award from the University of Central Missouri Student Government Association in a ceremony April 6. Presenting the award were, left to right, SGA Representative Michelle Krahenbuhl; SGA President Trevor Cunningham; SGA Vice President Manny Abarca; SGA Senator Sarah Ramlal; and SGA Treasurer Manuel Bryant.

“It is special to receive an award named for James C. Kirkpatrick,” Dandurand said. “I remember my conversation with him in his living room here in Warrensburg when I was running for my first term as circuit judge,” he said. “No one knew how to run a campaign with integrity and decency better than he did.”

Dandurand acknowledged the support and encouragement of his family and friends throughout his career, and encouraged students to consider public service. He also reminded them that a career in public service comes with responsibility.

“Government workers are powerful people,” he said. “They have the power to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to the people they serve. But they also must remember that those answers can have a tremendous impact on people’s lives.”

An alumnus of the University of Central Missouri, Dandurand has a long record of service to Johnson County and the state of Missouri. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from UCM in 1977, Dandurand received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1980 and entered private practice with the firm of Rahm, Rahm and Dandurand in Warrensburg.

In 1986 he was elected circuit judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit serving Johnson and Cass counties, serving as presiding judge from 1994 to 2007. After being re-elected for three terms, he was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals-Western District in 2007. In 2009 Dandurand was appointed Missouri Deputy Attorney General, serving under Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

Dandurand is member of the board of directors of the National Association of Attorneys General Training Institute and former chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee. He is past president of the Missouri Circuit Judge’s Association and a former member of the Judicial Administration Division of the Missouri Bar and the Supreme Court Judicial Records Committee. He also is a member of the Missouri State Records Committee and a former vice chair of the Missouri Board of Court Reporter Examiners.

During his career, Dandurand has received the UMKC Law Foundation Decade Award and the Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocate Juvenile Judge of the Year Award.

Since 1986 the UCM Student Government Association has presented the Excellence in Governance award to individuals who have significantly contributed to effective government in the state of Missouri. The SGA Internal Issues Committee selects the recipient from nominees who promote good governmental procedures, efficiency and economy in government, and policies that are in the public’s best interest.

The award is named for the late James C. Kirkpatrick, a UCM alumnus who served 20 years as Missouri's Secretary of State. Past recipients of the award include former Congressman Ike Skelton, John Danforth, Gov. Mel Carnahan, Gov. Matt Blunt, State Representative Deleta Williams, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Gov. Jay Nixon, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and State Senator David Pearce and Attorney General Chris Koster.