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Post date: November 14 2002

Spitzer Promotes Veteran Staffer To Lead Intergovernmental Relations

Attorney General Spitzer today announced the appointment of Lila E. Kirton as Assistant Deputy Attorney General and Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the Department of Law.

"Lila has demonstrated tremendous ability as a criminal prosecutor," Spitzer said. "I am confident that Ms. Kirton's legal skills and her considerable experience with community outreach will serve her well as a liaison for the office."

Kirton is a veteran prosecutor who has held numerous positions with the Department of Law. Most recently, Kirton served as the Assistant Attorney General In Charge of Legal Recruitment.

Kirton also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau where she investigated and prosecuted white collar crimes including tax fraud, insurance fraud, public corruption and child pornography. During her tenure in the bureau, Kirton's work was instrumental in the prosecution of the director of the New York City's payroll processing department and 100 others in a scheme to avoid paying payroll taxes.

In addition, Kirton is the Chair of the Department of Law's Diversity Committee. Prior to serving in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, Kirton spent four years as an assistant attorney general in the Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau.

Before joining the Attorney General's office, Kirton was an assistant district attorney in Queens County and clerked for the Honorable Luther V. Dye in the New York City Criminal Court.

Kirton has extensive experience in professional and community affairs. She is currently the Regional Director of the National Black Prosecutors Association and a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Minorities in the Profession and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. Kirton also is a member of the board of the March of Dimes Foundation of Greater New York and the YWCA of White Plains.

As the Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Intergovernmental Relations, Kirton will be responsible for community outreach across the state. Kirton will work with community groups, individuals, government officials and the staff of the Department of Law to identify problems facing New Yorkers and devise strategies for their solution.

Kirton earned a law degree at New York Law School and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Kirton replaces Carl Andrews who now serves in the New York State Senate representing the 20th District.