Ted McBride honored for career as prosecutor

Here’s the news release I received Thursday from the office of U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler:

Ted L. McBride Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association honors retiring federal prosecutor

Longtime federal prosecutor, Ted L. McBride, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association, at an event in Sioux Falls on Wednesday evening, November 8, 2017. Presenting the award to McBride was former colleague, and current Pennington County State’s Attorney, Mark Vargo. This is only the second Lifetime Achievement Award ever bestowed by the association.

McBride, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, has also announced his retirement as of November 11, 2017, following a storied career in federal service that spanned almost 28 years. McBride’s tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s office included two stints as Interim U.S. Attorney, as well as First Assistant U.S. Attorney. In 1998, he was honored with the Director’s Award for Superior Performance from the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.

“Ted McBride is the epitome of a tried-and-true federal prosecutor. His courtroom presence was unequaled and his prosecutorial skills were envied by many,” said U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler. “Ted has run the gamut on the cases he masterfully handled, from homicides, sexual assaults, and burglaries, to corruption, fraud, and drug cases. It has been my honor and privilege to work alongside Ted for the better of two decades. He cared and he fought, and he made a difference in the lives of many. There will never be another Ted McBride.”

“This award is a recognition of a career marked by zealous advocacy on behalf of victims and the community at large. It is the unique role of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Dakota that the prosecutors in that office, unlike most federal prosecutors, are active with the same kinds of violent crimes that we deal with in state court,” said Vargo. “And we recognize in him a kindred spirit, one who stands at the top of our profession. There are generations of both federal and state prosecutors who Ted helped recruit, train, and lead. As he leaves the USAO, we wanted to make public our appreciation for all that he has done.”

The South Dakota State’s Attorneys’ Association has, since 2002, given out several different awards, including Prosecutor of the Year, the Distinguished Service Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The presentation took place during the Law Enforcement Appreciation and Children’s Charity Dinner.

Mark Vargo and Ted McBride

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