HILO, Hawaii – Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth was honored as a “remarkable person” at a luncheon ceremony in Hilo on Thursday.
Roth one of two named as recipients of the YWCA of Hawaii Island’s 2017 Remarkable People award. The April 13 event was held at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel’s Moku Ola Ballroom.
Here is what the YWCA of Hawaii Island had to say about Roth:
on April 13, 2017
Roth has been a prosecutor in Hawaii for more two decades. He’s served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the City & County of Honolulu and Hawaii County. In 1994, while at the City & County, he developed a community-oriented prosecution program and became the first community-oriented prosecuting attorney in the State.
Roth joined the Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Office in 1998 where he supervised the asset forfeiture program, the community-oriented prosecution project, and was a special assistant United States Attorney. He helped start the Community Coalition for Neighborhood Safety Big Island chapter, was the interagency coordinator for the Domestic Violence Interagency Team, and helped bring the Shattered Dreams Youth Alcohol Prevention project to the island. He was elected Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney in 2012 and reelected on 2016.
Roth’s commitment to community is evident in his involvement in many organizations including the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Island, Exchange Club of Hilo, Rotary Club of Hilo, and the Western Community Policing Institute, where he’s been a trainer since 1996. He’s served on numerous boards and steering committees across the state including the Community Empowerment Organization, Turning Point for Families, Hawaii Community Resource Center, and YMCA Hawaii Island.
Roth received his bachelors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and earned his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. He is married to Noriko Yamada Roth; they have three children.