Jonathan W. Blodgett
Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett was re-elected to his fourth term in November 2014. Since he was first elected in 2002, District Attorney Blodgett has been a leader in confronting a range of issues including the opioid epidemic, domestic violence, underage drinking, auto insurance fraud, animal cruelty and gun violence, both through prosecution, diversion, and partnerships with schools, police, and community leaders.
District Attorney Blodgett has an innovative and effective approach to fighting crime. He instituted an adult drug diversion program and has rolled it out to all district courts in the county. He also expanded juvenile and youthful diversion programs throughout the county. He initiated a special Gun Court session in Lynn District Court that has eliminated the backlog in gun cases in Lynn. He partnered with the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts and local police to prosecute auto insurance fraud which has not only saved rate payers millions of dollars but has made the streets safer. His Office has also expanded the use of High-Risk Assessment Teams to better protect victims of domestic violence and hold batterers accountable.
He was recently elected President of the National District Attorneys Association. He is the only prosecutor in the country to serve on the executive committee of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He has served on the Board of the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance since 2005. He also serves as the DA’s liaison to the state Adult Drug Court Advisory Committee.
He is a graduate of Peabody High School, Princeton University and Suffolk Law School. He lives in Peabody with his wife, Judy. They have three children and three grandchildren.
President-Elect – Duffie Stone, Bluffton, SC
Chairman of the Board – Mike Freeman, Minneapolis, MN
Treasurer – Billy West, Jr., Fayetteville, NC
Assistant Treasurer – Dave Aronberg, West Palm Beach, FL
NDAA Executive Director
Nelson Bunn, Arlington, VA