Disgraced former ADDA President Steve Ipsen was a 'no-show' at the Thursday night's ADDA Awards Dinner.
Despite an announcement that Ipsen was unable to attend due to "family illness," speculation was rife as to the real reason why Ipsen, who was fired from the DA's Office last year, failed to appear.
Many believe that Ipsen was 'dis-invited' when a significant number of honorees made it clear that they would not attend if Ipsen was present. Others opined that the prospect of being greeted by jeers or even a pelting with rotten tomatoes, may have convinced the self-styled 'Reform First' DA candidate, to stay far away.
Regardless of the real reason, the fact that Ipsen was prevented from destroying the Awards Dinner is another 'feather in the cap' for ADDA President Donna McClay, and represents the clearest example yet of the kind of leadership she intends to bring to the ADDA; one where the ADDA can shake off it's tarnished image caused by Ipsen and his "crazies," who used the ADDA to further their personal agendas, gripes and grievances to the detriment of the rank and file.
McClay earned another feather as, significantly, District Attorney Jackie Lacey not only attended the event, but remained throughout the proceedings. McClay's leadership marks the first time in recent history that the President of the ADDA is not embroiled in personal litigation with the District Attorney's Office. Former ADDA Presidents Ipsen and his appointed successor, Hyatt Seligman, both sued the DA's Office in Federal Court claiming a conspiracy theory laundry list litany of reasons why they were transferred and/or denied promotion. But after two weeks of trial, it took the jury less than two hours to decide that they had no case.
Perhaps now that McClay has stamped her mark on how she intends to lead the ADDA, she will be able to attract new members to run for board positions. Elections are rumored to be in the process of being announced, and it can only serve the interests of Deputy DAs that good people are elected to help McClay in repairing the damage caused by Ipsen.
If anyone deserved the President's Award on Thursday night, it was Donna McClay.