The shocking news that Ipsen was to attend the event, let alone receive an award, attracted a flood of comments far overshadowing Friday's main feature detailing Ipsen's improper ex parte communications with the Employment Relations Commission (ERCOM).
Although many readers expressed their dismay at Ipsen's continued involvement with the ADDA (he remains a Board Member until he is removed at the next election), the notion that he would be the recipient of an award at a ceremony honoring Deputy DAs and a DA Investigator for their outstanding and selfless work in furtherance of the mission of the DA's Office, casts a pall over the event.
|Disgraced, fired, Steve Ipsen is to receive the President's Award|
at the ADDA Awards Dinner to the dismay and disgust of most in the DA's Office.
The inclusion of Ipsen appears to be the result of a last minute move by Ipsen "crazies" who believe that Ipsen should be honored for his efforts in unionizing the ADDA. The old adage "There are none so blind as those who cannot see" comes to mind, for there is no doubt whatsoever that Ipsen's efforts were more motivated to advance his own "Reform First" political agenda, than to benefit the rank and file members of the DA's Office.
Equally few would deny that Ipsen's self-promoting tactics did untold harm to the ADDA and deterred the active involvement of many who would have become involved, but for the taint of association with Ipsen and his record of prosecutorial misconduct and attempts to prevent one of his "closest friends" (a three-time convicted sex offender) from being required to comply with Penal Code Section 290.
By the same token many, if not all of those receiving awards are likely to be shocked to learn that they will be sharing the podium with the antithesis of what a prosecutor should be. Whether the late news of Ipsen's award will prompt a slew of cancellations is unknown, but many 'on the fence' will likely give the event a miss until the stench the Ipsen era is finally expunged from the ADDA.
Evidence in support of there being a last minute move by the Ipsen "crazies" to blindside honorable DDAs with the specter of Ipsen appears to be borne out by the timeline of announcements for the Awards Dinner. The original annoucement, on September 27, 2013, made no mention of any President's Award, let alone one to Ipsen.
|The original announcement of the Awards Dinner made no mention|
of a "President's Award' let alone one to be given to Ipsen.
|Only one week before the Awards Dinner could invitees discern that|
Steve Ipsen was to receive the 'President's Award.'
The Awards Dinner was as much to be McClay's moment, as it was to be an an event honoring outstanding hard working District Attorney professionals. However, such is the narcissistic nature of Ipsen, that he has not got the grace to bow out and let McClay have her moment.
If indeed Ipsen does appear to collect his award, perhaps the awkward silence of the majority of the audience will remind him that he is not wanted.