Released Date 10/14/16

Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott announced today that Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz has been named Macon County Employee of the Quarter for the 3rd Quarter of 2016. This honor is given to Macon County employees who go above and beyond in their service and who are role models for other county employees. Scott presented the award to Kurtz at a ceremony during the Macon County Board meeting on October 13, 2016.

Kurtz, a career prosecutor with more than 14 years of experience, has been with the State’s Attorney’s Office for two years. She serves as the head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit. Since joining the office she has maintained a 100% conviction rate in felony sex crimes jury trials, and has obtained prison sentences totaling 231 years for predators targeting innocent children.

Kurtz also prosecutes First Degree Murder cases for the office. She secured guilty verdicts in all three murder cases she has tried in Macon County, one of which, the murder of an eyewitness in another murder case, was one of the most difficult trials ever prosecuted here.

Kurtz has also taken on the additional responsibility of serving as Chair of the Friends of The Child 1st Center Board. She works closely with The Child 1st Center, which provides valuable services to child victims and law enforcement, which can mean the difference between a child predator being sent to prison or walking the streets. She has been active in enlisting the help of community leaders in fundraising for the Center, and in increasing public awareness of the importance of the Center to child victims in Macon and Piatt Counties.

“Kate is a phenomenal prosecutor who handles some of our most difficult cases,” Scott said. “She has a tremendous passion for her profession, and unbelievable compassion for her victims. We’re fortunate to have someone of her caliber in the office. Everyone in Macon County should consider themselves lucky to have such an accomplished prosecutor working for them. I’m very proud to have her as a colleague. This recognition couldn’t have gone to a more deserving public servant.”

Jay Scott
Macon County State’s Attorney