This is a news release from the FBI in St. Louis. It corrects information earlier reported by Patch misidentifying the Ellisville judge who has been honored.
Donald K. Anderson, Jr., municipal judge for the xity of Ellisville and provisional judge for Ballwin’s municipal court, was selected by the FBI Office of Public Affairs, Community Relations Unit for the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA).
Judge Anderson is president of both the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association and the local FBI St. Louis Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Under his leadership since 2010, the national organization grew from 13, 500 members to over 16, 000 members in 2012. Many significant initiatives were developed during Judge Anderson’s tenure, including a four-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s $75 million American Healing: A Racial Equity Initiative.
The FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association consists of business, civic, and religious leaders who were nominated and selected to attend a 10-session FBI Citizens Academy at each of the FBI field offices. After gaining a better understanding of the FBI, graduates can join the alumni association to continue their education about law enforcement and to support the mission of the FBI. The alumni associations are private, non-profit organizations separate from the FBI.
The DCLA was created in 1990 as the principle means for the FBI to publicly recognize individuals or organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence to help keep America and its kids safe. Every year, each of the 56 FBI field offices selects one honoree for this prestigious award. In addition, FBI Headquarters also selects a recipient.
On April 5, 2013, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III will personally present the award at a national ceremony in Washington, D.C. to all the honorees.