On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland was named the Lone Star Prosecutor of the Year by the Texas District and County Attorney Association (TDCAA). TDCAA is the statewide organization that provides training, collaboration, and support to all of the County and District Attorney offices across the state. TDCAA awards the Lone Star Prosecutor Award to prosecutors who distinguish themselves in their commitment to advancing justice in their communities.
For more than a year now, Bobby Bland has been instrumental in providing closure to the more than 61 victims of Samuel Little, one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history. From the very beginning, Mr. Bland’s focus has been on “the big picture of justice,” not just justice for the victim and her family from Ector County. His efforts with law enforcement officials and victims from all over the nation have allowed countless unsolved murders to be closed.
Since becoming Ector County District Attorney in 2006, Mr. Bland has served the state and the state’s prosecutors in numerous capacities. He has served on the Texas District and County Attorneys Association Board of Directors, Long Range Planning Committee, and Training Committee. In addition, Bobby serves on the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation Board of Trustees and is a past president of that organization.
Rob Kepple, the Executive Director of TDCAA, said of Bobby Bland, “Bobby has been an enthusiastic yet humble supporter of the profession of criminal prosecution in Texas. He has demonstrated continued success as he leads his office in Ector County and at the same time led the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and the Foundation. Bobby is the real deal.”