During the 2022 Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council (IPAC) Winter Conference, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney D. Lee Buckingham II (photo, right) received the Steve Johnson Award from the IPAC Board of Directors. Presented to him during a ceremony on Monday night, the award celebrates Prosecutor Buckingham’s twelve years as an elected prosecutor, sixteen years as a deputy prosecutor, and countless hours dedicated to helping IPAC in many facets, including as a member of its Legislative and Executive Committees.
“I am honored to have served under Lee’s leadership and vision,” said Andre Miksha, Buckingham’s chief deputy of twelve years. “Lee consistently approached the work of a prosecutor with unsurpassed integrity and humility; he has been a model for us all,” Miksha continued.
The Johnson Award was created in 2014 and named after former IPAC Executive Director Steve Johnson, who served as IPAC’s leader for 14 years and spent his entire 38-year career at IPAC. The Johnson Award is given to individuals who demonstrate the same level of professional dedication and excellence as Steve Johnson. An award is based on sustained periods of outstanding support or service to an individual prosecutor or IPAC.
Prosecutor Buckingham also closes 2022 as the President of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys. He will be succeeded by Rodney Cummings (photo, left), the Prosecuting Attorney of Madison County.
IPAC is a non-partisan, independent state judicial branch agency that supports Indiana's 91 prosecuting attorneys and their chief deputies. It is governed by a 10-member board of directors of elected prosecuting attorneys. IPAC assists prosecuting attorneys in the preparation of manuals, legal research and training seminars. It serves as a liaison to local, state, and federal agencies, study commissions, and community groups in an effort to support law enforcement and promote the fair administration of justice.